Daniel Murphy

Visiting Student


I'm visiting KAUST to develop microwave interferometry techniques for measuring free electrons in combustion. Our current efforts focus on applying this technique to shock tube combustion experiments as a means to evaluate the kinetics chemi-ionization reactions. In future work we hope to expand our scope to include a range of combustion processes.
At home I'm studying the effect of electric fields on miniature and micro-scale combustion. The primary goal is to explore the potential of electrical effects to improve efficiency and prevent thermal quenching by increasing flame propagation speeds

Research Interests

My research interests are laminar flames, electric field effects in combustion, microwave diagnostics, image-based data acquisition and processing, scale modeling.

Selected Publications

"Effect of an external electric field on the propagation velocity of premixed flames." Sánchez-Sanz,

Mario, Daniel C. Murphy, and C. Fernandez-Pello. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute (2014 in press).

“Physical Scale Modeling of Wind Effects on Smoke Transport in Naturally Ventilated Atria.” D.

Murphy, D. Rich, H. Hindborg, L. Bernard (2013) Presented at WSS/CI 2013 Fall Meeting

Electric Field Effects on Premixed Methane-Air Flames in Millimeter-Scale Channels,” Daniel C.

Murphy, Gregory Noel, Carlos Fernandez Pello (2013). Presented at ICDERS 2013


PhD. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering, major field: combustion, University of California Berkeley 2010-present
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2009
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2008

Professional Profile

Graduate Student Intern, 2009-2010

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building and Fire Research Lab

Activities: Modeling of building fires, experimental and numerical study of solid pyrolysis.

Licensed Nuclear Reactor Operator 2006-2007

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Activities: General operation, testing and maintenance of an open-pool research reactor


Graduate Division Nano GSR Fellowship (UC Berkeley) 2012-2013

KAUST Affiliations

​Clean Combustion Research Center (CCRC).