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Physico-Chemical Fundamentals of Combustion (PCFC)
The Junior Research group "Physico Chemical Fundamentals of Combustion" is engaged in research and teaching activities on fundamental combustion chemistry and advanced diagnostics of combustion processes.

The goal is to deeply understand the underlying reaction mechanisms of the combustion processes of conventional and novel transportation fuels towards clean and efficient combustion. Since advanced combustion engine concepts such as Homogenous Charge Compression Ignition (HCCI) are in the research focus with a promise to reduce emissions and boost efficiency, High pressure chemical kinetics of the fuel oxidation plays a central role in controlling auto-ignition. Pollutant formation and abatement in combustion systems is also closely linked to the fuel chemistry.

Our main research goal is therefore to investigate this chemistry using diverse experimental facilities (eg. shock tubes and Rapid Compression Machine (RCM)). Both optical and mass-spectrometry based diagnostic techniques facilitate the interrogation of this chemistry. A further aim of the group is to develop detailed chemical kinetic models based on the strong interactions of theory, computational kinetics, thermo chemical and group additivity based rate estimation methods. The mechanisms are then validated with experimental data to develop predictive models which will facilitate the fuel design process.