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Research Overview

The Fuels and Combustion Research Laboratory areas of interest include: The production and interaction of next generation transportation and power generation fuels, including, fossil derived fuels such as jet aviation fuels, petroleum, syngas and natural gas as well as alternative and bio-derived fuels such as Fischer-Tropsch fuels, biodiesels and bio-alcohols. The laboratory is focused on the role of these fuels and where relevant, mixtures of these fuels in addressing greenhouse gas and other pollutant formation issues in addition to their ability to impact U.S. energy security concerns. State-of-the-art experimental and computational approaches are applied to study fundamental and applied fundamental methodologies for enhancing ignition and burning rates of fuels, controlling/predicting fuel autoignition properties and green gas emissions, as well as to the fire safety of gaseous and liquid fuels on earth and in space environments.