Dr. Dimitrios Kyritsis

Dr. Dimitrios Kyritsis

Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering

Address: P.O. Box: 127788
Telephone: +971 2 401 8168
Fax: +971-(0)2-4472442
Email: dimitrios.kyritsis@ku.ac.ae


Prof. Kyritsis received his Diploma in Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece in 1992 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1995 and 1998, respectively. Before his current appointment, he was a post-doctoral associate and a lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Yale University (2000-2002) and a faculty member in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2002-2014). His research focuses in the areas of laser-based reactive flow diagnostics, biofuel utilization, and electrostatically assisted atomization. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Accenture Award for excellence in advising, the University of Illinois Campus Award for excellence in teaching and a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study of the University of Illinois (2007-8). In the period 2005-2010 served as the co-PI in the DOE-funded Graduate Automotive Technology Education (GATE) Center of Excellence on Automotive Biofuel Combustion Engines in the University of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the ASME, an Associate Fellow of the AIAA, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Energy Engineering, and has served in the editorial board of Combustion & Flame and the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.


Advisor to the following students & staff:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Shahid Rabani (co-advisor)

PhD Students

  • Ahmed T. Khalil, Omar Sharaf (co-advisor)
  • PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, USA (1998)
  • MA, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, USA (1995)
  • Dipl. Ing. , Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (1992)
  • MEEN 240 Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 335 Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 343 Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 446 Internal Combustion Engines
  • MEEN 603 Advanced Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 604 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MEEN 613 Advanced Heat Transfer
  • MEEN 723 Advanced Combustion
  • MEEN 742 Advanced Convection Heat Transfer

Research Thrusts:

  • Energy and the Environment
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermal sciences

Research Topics:

  • Laser-based flow diagnostics
  • Biofuel utilization
  • Applied chemical dynamics
  • Transport phenomena
  • Electrostatically manipulated flows

Recent Research Projects

  • “Ammonia as a hydrogen career” (Sponsor: Research and Innovation Center for CO2 and H2 (RICH -link to the Center website), Principal Investigator)

Ammonia is an easily manageable hydrogen carrier that can in principle provide carbonless combustion. The project addresses the technical challenges in order for this to realize that relate mostly to controllable ignition and reduction of NOx emissions.

  • “High pressure combustion facility” (Sponsors: Atlas Elektronik, ATD/Creative Power Solutions, Research and Innovation Center for CO2 and H2 (RICH -link to the Center website), Principal Investigator)

In this project, KU has teamed up with ATD/CPS, which is a gas-turbine developer in Abu Dhabi in order to set up in the KU campus a high-pressure combustion facility that will be used in order to test high-efficiency, low-carbon-footprint combustion innovations.

  • “AI-empowered Flare Image Analysis and Emission Control” (Sponsor: Alibaba-Cloud/KU Joint Innovation Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence for Clean Energy – link to the Laboratory website, Principal Investigator)

Infrared and visual image data will be collected and processed with AI techniques in order to determine in situ the composition and temperature of stack flares, which constitute a serious loss and a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. The project is envisioned as pilot project that will build a bridge between laser-based reactive flow diagnostics and AI.

  • “Feasibility of Solar Fuels for Sustainable Transportation” (Sponsor: KU/CIRA, co-Prinicpal Investigator)

Recent advances in catalytic chemistry point to the possibility of producing fuels from CO2 and H2 that will come from water electrolysis with solar energy. The project aims towards technologies that will establish a clean and controllable “reversible” combustion, where the cost required by the second law will be paid through solar energy.

  • “Biofuel energy Conversion through Electrostatics” (Sponsor: Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge)

In this project the fundamentals are investigated of electrostatically manipulated bioalcohol fuel sprays and flames. The effect on sprays stems from the virtual elimination of surface tension through electrostatic charging and the effect on flames is due to the fact that any flame generates a dilute plasma of chemi-ions.


  1. Sharaf O.Z., Al-Khateeb A.N., Kyritsis D.C.,  and Abu-Nada E., “Numerical investigation of nano-fluid particle migration and convective heat transfer in micro-channels using an Eulerian-Lagrangian approach”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 878-62-97, 2019.
  2. Sharaf O.Z., Rizk N., Joshi C.B., Abi Jaoudé M.,  Al-Khateeb A.N., Kyritsis D.C.,  and Abu-Nada E., Martin M.N., “Ultrastable plasmonic nanofluids in optimized direct-absorption solar collectors”, Energy Conversion and Management, 19, 112010, 2019.
  3. Tingas A.E., Kyritsis D.C., and Goussis D., “A H2/Air autoignition dynamics around the 3rd explosion limit” Journal of Energy Engineering, 145(1), Article No.: 04018074, 2019
  4. Al-Nuaimi O.A. and Kyritsis D.C., “Bio-alcohol electrosprays for practical propulsion systems” Journal of Energy Engineering, 145(1), Article No.: 04018069, 2019
  5. Kim S.M., Jyoti B.V.S., Baek S.W., Kyritsis D.C., and Ghim Y.C., “Effects of Electrostatic Voltage and Polarity on Diffusion- Controlled Propane Flame for Enhanced Efficiency”, Journal of Energy Engineering, 144 (2), Article No.: 04018004, 2018.
  6. Traina N., Kerber S. Kyritsis D.C., and Horn G.P., “Occupant tenability in single-family homes, Part II: Impact of door control, vertical ventilation and water application”, Fire Technology, 53, 1611-1640, 2017.
  7. Farraj A.R.D., Al Naeemy A.M., Al-Khateeb A.N., and Kyritsis D.C, “Laminar, non-premixed, counterflow flames manipulation through the application of external direct current fields”, Journal of Energy Engineering, 143 (4), Article Nr. 04017002, 2017.
  8. Al Naeemy A.M., Farraj A.R.D., Al-Khateeb A.N., and Kyritsis D.C, “Electric manipulation of laminar, non-premixed, counterflow, propane flames”, Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, 9 (3), 031013-1 to 9, 2017.
  9. Chen B., Liu X., Liu H., Wang H. Kyritsis D.C., and Yao M., “Soot reduction effects of the addition of four butanol isomers on partially premixed flames of diesel surrogates”, Combustion and Flame, 177, 123-136, 2017.
  10. Rakopoulos D.C, Rakopoulos C.D., and Kyritsis D.C., “Butanol or DEE blends with either straight vegetable oil or biodiesel: Comparative effects on diesel engine combustion attributes, cyclic variability, and regulated emissions trade-off”, Energy, 115, 314-325, 2016.
  11. Kazemifar F., Blois G., Kyritsis D.C.  and Christensen K.T., “Quantifying the flow dynamics of supercritical CO2–water displacement in a 2D porous micro-model using fluorescent microscopy and microscopic PIV”, Advances in Water Research, 95, 352-368, 2016.
  12. Tingas E.A., D.C. Kyritsis, and Goussis D.A.,  “Algorithmic determination of the mechanism through which H2O-dilution affects autoignition dynamics and NO formation in CH4/air mixtures”, Fuel, 183, 90-98, 2016.
  13. Patyal A., Kyritsis D.C., and Matalon M., “Electric field effects in the presence of chemi-ionization on droplet burning”, Combustion and Flame, 164, 99-110, 2016
  14. Farraj A.R.D., R. Rajasegar, A.N. Al-Khateeb, and D.C. Kyritsis, “Phenomenology of electrostatically manipulated, laminar, counterflow, non-premixed methane flames”, Journal of Energy Engineering, 142, 1943-ff, 2016
  15. Rakopoulos D.C., C.D. Rakopoulos, R.G. Papagiannakis, and D.C. Kyritsis “Combustion Heat Release Analysis of Ethanol or n-butanol Diesel Fuel Blends in Heavy-duty DI Diesel Engines,” Fuel, 1855-1867, 2011.
  16. Rakopoulos D.C., C.D. Rakopoulos, E.G. Giakoumis, A.M. Dimaratos, and D.C. Kyritsis, “Effects of Butanol-diesel Fuel Blends on the Performance and Emissions of a High-speed DI Diesel Engine,” Energy Conversion and Management, 51, 1989-1997, 2010.
  17. Richecoeur, F. and D. C. Kyritsis, “Experimental Study of Flame Stabilization in Low Reynolds and Dean Number Flows in Curved Mesoscale Ducts,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 30, 2419-2427, 2005.
  18. Tse D.P. and D.C. Kyritsis “Micro-combustion in non-catalytic narrow ducts” in “Microscale Combustion and Power Generation” edited by C. Cadou, Y. Ju, and K. Maruta, Momentum Press, 2015.
  19. Maruta K., Ju Y., and D.C.  Kyritsis “Flame instability in microscale combustion” in “Microscale Combustion and Power Generation” edited by C. Cadou, Y. Ju, and K. Maruta, Momentum Press, 2015.
  20. Hansen A. C., D. C. Kyritsis, and C. F. Lee, “Characteristics of Bio-fuels and Renewable Fuel Standards” book chapter in “Biomass and Biofuels” edited by A. Vertes, N. Qureshi, H. Yukawa, and H. Blaschek, J. Wiley, 2009.