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Combustion chemistry of aromatic fuels

Project Leader: Gabriel Da Silva
Primary Contact: Gabriel da Silva (
Keywords: combustion and emissions
Disciplines: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Domains: Optimisation of resources and infrastructure

Aromatic hydrocarbons are present at high levels in liquid transportation fuels. This is particularly true for gasoline, where the elimination of alkyl lead octane boosters has made substituted aromatics such as toluene essentially required because of their high octane ratings. Despite their importance there is still much that we do not know about the combustion chemistry of aromatic hydrocarbons. We are investigating these processes using both theoretical kinetics and synchrotron-based experimental techniques.

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