INAR seminar will be on Wednesday 14th February at 14:15 in Physicum E204. The seminar will be given by Associate Professor Mani Sarathy from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia and the title of the seminar is "Chemical Kinetics of Complex Systems: Fire, Sky, and Brain". The abstract is below.
Chemical Kinetics of Complex Systems: Fire, Sky, and Brain
S. Mani Sarathy
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Insights into the kinetics of complex processes can aid in improving energy production, remediating the environment, and understanding the human brain. Design of reacting systems requires fundamental knowledge of how molecular structure of reactants and the reacting environment affect product distribution and energy release. This presentation will cover the use of state-of-the-art comprehensive kinetic models together with high fidelity experimental measurements to study complex chemical processes. First, we will cover applications improving fuel combustion systems by modeling auto-oxidation processes. This will lead us into recent developments into chemical kinetics of hydrocarbon auto-oxidation in the atmosphere. Finally, new research on simulating and interrogating the kinetics of brain metabolism will be presented. The research draws upon basic expertise in quantum chemistry, experimental methods, advanced diagnostics, and numerical algorithms. We will see how researchers can utilize our tools to design better engines and fuels, improve air quality, and discover new therapeutic drugs.
Dr. Mani Sarathy is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Director of the Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC) at KAUST.
Dr. Sarathy was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Combustion Chemistry group at the U.S. Department of Energy Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
He received his PhD and M.A.Sc. degrees in Environmental and Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto and his B.A.Sc. in Environmental Engineering Chemical Specialization from the University of Waterloo. In 2015 and 2017, Dr. Sarathy was named a Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) Highly Cited Researcher.
His research interest is in developing sustainable energy technologies with decreased net environmental impact. A major thrust of his research is using chemical kinetic simulations to understand various complex processes.