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
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
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
Health Effects study awarded
Veterans Affairs supports collaboration with Dr. Nathan Ravi to study the toxicity of simulated burn pit emissions
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
Evaluation of semi-empirical soot models for nonpremixed flames with increased stoichiometric mixture fraction and strain 10.1016/j.combustflame.2020.04.019
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
Kumfer Group Partners with ThermoAI
Industrial Combustion Optimization Using Machine Learning to Reduce Emissions and Increase Fuel Efficiency. (NSF STTR Phase1)