Deanna Lacoste, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering



Deanna Lacoste, Assistant Professor, founded the Plasmas and Flames group at KAUST, in November 2016. Deanna graduated with a PhD 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 focus on plasma-assisted combustion, non-equilibrium plasma discharges at atmospheric pressure, control of flame dynamics and detonations.

Research Interest

​Professor Lacoste‘s research interests are in plasma-assisted combustion and flame dynamics, with special emphasis on control of thermoacoustic instabilities by non-equilibrium plasma discharges. She is also interested in detonation and development of optical diagnostics for combustion and electrical discharges. 

Selected Publications



KAUST Affiliations

  • Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC)
  • Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)

Research Interests Keywords

High pressure combustion Plasma-assisted combustion Optical diagnostics Thermo acoustic instabilities