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In the Propulsion and Clean Energy Research Group at Ryerson University, we experimentally study thermo/aerodynamics phenomena with a special emphasis on fundamental combustion, hybrid-electric propulsion, and airborne disease transmission.

Combustion of fossil fuels and renewables supplies about 85% of the global energy. The International Energy Agency forecasts that global energy demand will continue to grow by 25% until 2040, with the demand for oil and natural gas expected to increase by 11% and 43%, respectively. Our research aims to generate a fundamental understanding of soot formation and thereby reduce particulate matter from combustion systems. Soot emission reductions due to better engineering can be very effective, with the potential to prevent an estimated 1.7 million premature deaths annually and accrue a net annual climate benefit of $190 million and annual health benefit of $5 billion by 2030.

We study hybrid-electric propulsion systems to reduce the aviation's dependence on fossil fuels. There is a lack of benchmark data on the performance and feasibility of hybrid electric propulsion systems. Our group collaborates with the National Research Council of Canada to perform proof-of-concept experiments.  

We apply laser-based diagnostics and other engineering tools to characterize human respiratory activity. Our measurements inform practical PPE guidelines for healthcare providers. 

A. Emre Karatas