Snehaunshu Chowdhury

Postdoctoral Fellows

Post-doctoral Fellow


Research Interests

My primary research interests include soot measurements in flames via intrusive and non-intrusive techniques. We currently concluded centerline soot particle size distribution measurements on an diluted ethylene turbulent diffusion flame at Re=10000 using a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS). Planned future work includes optical thickness measurements and thermophoretic sampling of soot particles from the same canonical flame to obtain detailed morphological parameters. I am also building a setup to observe the effect of pressure on laminar flame velocity measurements in stratified mixtures representative of SI engine conditions. Flame velocities using dual-fuel will also be explored.

Selected Publications

  • Centerline Time-Averaged Soot Particle Size Distribution in a Turbulent Diffusion Flame Using a Scanning Mobility Particle 
       Sizer, S. Chowdhury, W.R. Boyette and W. L. Roberts
       (manuscript in preparation)
  • Nanothermite Reactions: Is Gas Phase Oxygen Generation from the Oxygen Carrier an Important Prerequisite to Ignition?
       G. Jian, S. Chowdhury, K. Sullivan and M.R. Zachariah
       Combustion and Flame, Vol. 60, No. 2 (2013)
  • Reactive Sintering:  An Important Component in the Combustion of Nanocomposite Thermites
       K. Sullivan, N. W. Piekiel, C. Wu., S. Chowdhury, S. T. Kelley, T. C. Hufnagel, K. Fezzaa, M. R. Zachariah
       Combustion and Flame, Vol. 158, No. 1 (2012)
  • Encapsulation of Perchlorate Salts within Metal Oxides for Application as Nano-Energetic Oxidizers
       C. Wu, K. Sullivan, S. Chowdhury, G. Jian, L. Zhou and M. R. Zachariah
       Advanced Functional Materials, 22, 78 (2012)
  • Ignition and Combustion Characteristics of Nanoscale Al/AgIO3:  A Potential Energetic Biocidal System
       K. Sullivan, N. Piekiel, S. Chowdhury, C. Wu, C. Johnson, M. R. Zachariah
       Combustion Science and Technology, 183, 205 ( 2011)
  • Time Resolved Mass Spectrometry of the Exothermic Reaction between Nanoaluminum and Metal Oxides: The Role of Oxygen Release
       L. Zhou, N. Piekiel, S. Chowdhury and M. R. Zachariah
       J. Physical Chemistry C, 114, 14269 (2010)
  • Diffusive vs. Explosive Reaction at the Nanoscale
       S. Chowdhury, K. Sullivan, N. Piekiel, L. Zhou and M. R. Zachariah
       J. Physical Chemistry C, 114, 9191 (2010)
  • Ignition Behavior of α-Alane
       G. Young, N. Piekiel, S. Chowdhury and M. R. Zachariah
       Combustion Science and Technology, 182, 1341, (2010)
  • Transient Ion Ejection During Nanocomposite Thermite Reactions
       L. Zhou, N. Piekiel, S. Chowdhury, D. Lee and M. R. Zachariah
       Journal of Applied Physics 106, 083306 (2009)
  • T-Jump/Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry for Time Resolved Analysis of Energetic Materials
       L. Zhou, N. Piekiel, S. Chowdhury and M. R. Zachariah
       Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 23, 194 (2009)


  • 2006-2012: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 2004-2005: M.E., Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A
  • 2001-2004: M.S., Mechanical Engineering,  Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
  • 1997-2001: B.E., Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology (formerly Regional Engineering College), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India.

Professional Profile

  • 2013 – present: Post-Doctoral Fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 2007 – 2011: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
  • 2004 – 2005: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Colorado State University, USA                                       
  • 2001 – 2003: Graduate Research Assistant, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 2003

KAUST Affiliations

Clean Combustion Research Center, Prof. William Roberts research group