Dr. Dimitrios Kyritsis
Dr. dimitrios kyritsis Professor Department Chair Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information
dimitrios.kyritsis@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 4334


Dimitrios C. Kyritsis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Deputy Director of the Research and Innovation Center for CO2 and Hydrogen in Khalifa University.  He received his Diploma in Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece in 1992 and his MA and PhD 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 and chemical dynamics of reduced-carbon-footprint combustion.    In the period 2005-2010 served as the co-PI in the US-Department-of-Energy-funded Graduate Automotive Technology Education 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, a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, the Accenture Award for excellence in student advising, as well as the Ralph R. Teetor Award of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and has served in the editorial board of Combustion & Flame and the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute.

  • PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University (USA), 1998
  • MA, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University (USA), 1995ty
  • Dipl. Ing., Mechanical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (Greece), 1992

  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics (AERO640)
  • Advanced Thermodynamics (ESMA701)
  • PhD Thesis Dissertation (ENGR704)
  • Statistical Thermodynamics (PEEG252)
  • Advanced Combustion (MEEN723)
  • Advanced Heat Transfer (MEEN604)
  • Fluid Mechanics (MEEN335)
  • Heat Transfer (MEEN343)
  • Master's Thesis (MEEN699)
  • Thermodynamics (MEEN240)

Affiliated Research Institutes/Centers
  • Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and Hydrogen

Research Interests
  • Energy and the environment
  • Reactive fluid mechanics
  • Chemical dynamics
  • Laser and Optical Diagnostics

Research Projects

Intelligence Against Complexity: Machine learning for nonuniform flow, species, and temperature measurements.

Collaborators:  Mr. Ruiyuan Kang (PhD candidate), Professor Panos Liatsis (KU), Professor TieJun Zhang (KU)

Deep learning technicques are applied to image and spectral data in order to assess quantitative features of reactive flow field that relate to sustainable energy conversion.  The emphasis is on applications where the classical accurate calibrations of multidimensional diagnostics are not an option and quantitative assessment has to rely on data that would be characterzed as "bad" in the classical sense. The employed methodlologies comprise a combination of potent algorithm with physical information that feeds into training. 



High-pressure, low-carbon-footprint combustion.  Collaborators: Ms. Maryam Naqi (MSc student), Dr. Majed Toqan, CEO, Advanced Technology Development/ Creative Power Solutions, Abu Dhabi UAE

Computational and experimental methodologies are utilized in order to expolore combustion technologies of reduced-GWP emissions.  The work involves both low-temperature, low-emission combustion for convenitional fuels as well as utilization of ammonia and hydrogen.


Liquid Atomization of Sustainable Solar Fuels.  Collaborators:  Mr. Shaikh Abdullah Shaikh (PhD candidate), Prof. Lyes Khezzar (University of Constantine, Algeria), Prof. Yiannis Hardalupas (Imperial College, London), Dr. Afshin Goharzadeh (KU), Dr. Hamid Abderrahmane (KU)

The fundamentals underlying the flow physics of synthetic fuels are explored with an emphasis on light alcohols that can be produced from recycling of carbon dioxide from combustion and green hydrogen.  The approach combines experimental methodologies (PDPA, PIV) with spray modeling and targets particularly the effect of the physical proerties that are affecting by the hydrogen bonding in such molecules.

Fuel Cell Vehicle with Onboard Solar-Water Hydrogen Generator. Collaborators: Ms. Rahma Alameri (MSc Student), Dr. Ramzy Obaid (King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, KSA)

Realization of a hybrid fuel-cell/batery vehicle supported by solar electrolysis for hydrogen generation.  To the uninitiated, this may look like a vehicle that uses water as a fuel, but of course the sun pays for the costs demanded by the second law of thermodynamics.  A novel contribution is envisioned to the field of alterantive mobility which will have to tackle the serious issues related to dense energy storage, currently provided by logisitc fuels.

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Ruiyuan Kang PhD candidate
Maryam Naqi MSc Student
Rahma Alameri MSc student
Shaikh Abdullah Shaikh PhD Students

The deprtment of Mechanical Engineering  at Khalifa University is currently (September 2022) recruiting for the positions of the departmentat administrative assistant and workshop technician.  Please, inquire and/or submit vitae by email.