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

April 2021

covid: Filtration properties of novel masks 

Results from studies of sewn and 3D printed masks in press

Learn about Energy Storage

NETL Advanced Energy Storage Initiative Program Project Review Meeting
April 5-6, open to public, register here

March 2021

Check out our new soot formation model


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