Principal Investigator

Deanna Lacoste, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Research Interest: High pressure combustion, Plasma-assisted combustion, Optical diagnostics, Thermo acoustic instabilities

Deanna Lacoste, Assistant Professor, founded the Plasmas and Flames group at KAUST, in November 2016. Deanna graduated with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Poitiers, France, in 2002. In 2004, she joined the French CNRS as a Research Engineer at the EM2C laboratory, Ecole Centrale Paris, France. In 2014, she joined KAUST as a Research Scientist at the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC), and in 2016, she became an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering. Her research mainly focuses on plasma-assisted combustion, non-equilibrium plasma discharges at atmospheric pressure, control of flame dynamics, and detonations.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Amit Katoch, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Laminar and turbulent burning velocity measurements, Flameless combustion, Deflagraton to detonation transitions

Karl Chatelain, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Chemical kinetics, Experimental, Modeling, Detonation, Electronic Structure Calculations, Combustion, Autoxidation, Fuels

Maria Luís Castela, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Plasma-assisted combustion, DNS numerical simulations, High performance computing, Modeling non-equilibrium reacting flows


Ariff Magdoom Mahuthannan

PhD Student

Research Interest: Laser Diagnostics, Flame Quenching, Supersonic Combustion

Azat Amiralin

MS | PhD Student

Research Interest: Plasma-assisted combustion

Davide Del Cont-Bernard

PhD Student

Research Interest: Plasma-assisted combustion, Laser Diagnostics

Roman Zamchii

PhD Student

Research Interest: Cold Atmospheric Plasma of Gas Discharges

Samir Rojas Chavez

PhD Student