The Kumfer Group conducts fundamental and applied research for innovative combustion solutions

Over 90% of the world’s energy requirements are met by harnessing the power from combustion.  The combustion of fuels provides a multitude of basic modern human needs, including power generation, transportation, home heating and cooking, and it is critical in many industrial processes.  With such far-reaching applications and use, combustion has become inextricably linked to environment.  New challenges are presented to improve performance and further reduce the emissions of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

In this group, we study and develop novel combustion technologies to meet our future needs for clean, reliable, and affordable energy.  Research topics include:

  • oxy-combustion for capture of carbon dioxide,
  • integration of energy storage with power plants,
  • application of AI to optimize performance,
  • combustion of engineered renewable fuels,
  • control of gaseous and particulate pollutants,
  • linkages to health effects.


News & Events

January-February 2021

Articles in press

Pilot-scale testing of direct contact cooler for the removal of SOx and NOx from the flue gas of pressurized oxy-combust.

Soot formation characteristics in laminar coflow flames with application to oxy-combustion. 10.1016/j.combustflame.2021.01.018

Experimental study and demonstration of pilot-scale, dry feed, oxy-coal combustion under pressure

December 2020

energy storage project awarded

DOE selects collaboration with Prof. Vijay Ramani and Dr. Shri Sankarasubramanian to study the integration of novel redox flow batteries into existing power plants. announcement

September 2020

Health Effects study awarded

Veterans Affairs supports collaboration with Dr. Nathan Ravi to study the toxicity of simulated burn pit emissions

August 2020

Join Me for a Panel Discussion

Changing the Way We Power Missouri, August 27th
Governor’s Conference on Economic Development


to new PhD Graduate Phillip Johnson

June 2020

Newly Published

Evaluation of semi-empirical soot models for nonpremixed flames with increased stoichiometric mixture fraction and strain 10.1016/j.combustflame.2020.04.019

April 2020

Responding to covid-19

Center for Aerosol Science & Engineering is testing mask solutions for health care workers and the public.
more info ; in the news

January 2020

Kumfer Group Partners with ThermoAI

Industrial Combustion Optimization Using Machine Learning to Reduce Emissions and Increase Fuel Efficiency.  (NSF STTR Phase1)