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UIC Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (M/C 251), 2039 ERF, 842 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Office: 812 SEO

Lab Location: 1224 SEL

Lab Website: High Pressure Shock Tube Laboratory

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry
The City University of New York

B.S., (magna cum laude) with Honors in Chemistry
The City College of New York

Combustion chemistry: The focus is on high temperature gas phase chemical kinetics related to combustion processes in aircraft, and gasoline and diesel related fuels. A very high pressure single pulse shock tube (a chemical shock tube) is used for these studies. The shock tube when coupled to gas chromatography/mass spectrometry permits the examination of stable species formed during the pyrolysis and oxidation.

Funding for these projects typically comes from federal agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and Army Research Office (ARO).

Fellow of The Combustion Institute, 2018 (Inaugural class of Fellows)

Chairman, Host Committee for the 30th International Symposium on Combustion at UIC, July, 2004

Chairman, Host Committee for the 3rd Joint Meeting of the U.S. Sections of the Combustion Institute at UIC, March, 2003

UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award, 2002

Fellowship Awardee as Foreign Researcher of Distinction, Minister of Research and Technology, France

Phi Beta Kappa, Member

  1. “Chemical Kinetic Influences of Alkyl Chain Structure on the High Pressure and Temperature Oxidation of a Representative Unsaturated Biodiesel: Methyl Nonenoate”, J. Phys. Chem. A, Article ASAP DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.5b00914, Publication Date (Web): February 24, 2015 (A. Fridlyand, S.S. Goldsborough, K. Brezinsky).
  2. “Bayesian Error Propagation for a Kinetic Model of n-Propylbenzene Oxidation in a Shock Tube”, Int. J. Chem. Kin. 46(7), 289-404 2014 (S. Mosbach, J.H. Hong, G.P.E Brownbridge, M. Kraft, S. Gudiyella, K. Brezinsky).
  3. “Influence of the Double Bond Position on the Oxidation of Decene Isomers at High Pressures and Temperatures” , Accepted for publication, Proc. Combust. Inst., 35, 2014. (A. Fridlyand, S. S. Goldsborough, K. Brezinsky, S.S. Merchant, and W.H. Green).
  4. “Effect of Fuel Molecular Structure and Premixing on Soot Emissions from n-Heptane and 1-Heptene Flames”, Energy & Fuels 27, 6262-6272, 2013   (X. Fu, X. Han, K. Brezinsky and S.K. Aggarwal).
  5. “Single Pulse Shock Tube Study of Allyl Radical Recombination”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2013, 117, 4762−4776 (Aleksandr Fridlyand, Patrick T. Lynch, Robert S. Tranter, and Kenneth Brezinsky).
  6. “Effect of Unsaturated Bond on NOx and PAH Emissions from n-Heptane and 1-Heptene Triple Flames”,  Energy & Fuels, 27, 537-548, 2013 (X. Han, S.K. Aggarwal and K. Brezinsky).
  7. “Pyrolysis of n-Heptane and Oxidation in Mixtures of Ethylene/Methane and iso-Octane” , J. Prop. Power 29, 732-743, 2013 (A. Fridlyand, A. Mandelbaum and K. Brezinsky).
  8. “Experimental and modeling study on the oxidation of Jet A and the n-dodecane/iso-octane/n-propylbenzene/1,3,5-trimethylbenzene surrogate fuel“, Comb. Flame,    160(1), 17-30, 2013   (T. Malewicki, S. Gudiyella and K. Brezinsky).
  9. “Shock Tube Studies of Combustion Relevant Elementary Chemical Reactions and Submechanisms,” in Cleaner Combustion: Developing Detailed Chemical Kinetic Models, F. Battin-Leclerc, J. M. Simmie, and E. Blurock, Editors, Chapter 24, pp. 629-652, Springer 2013, (R. S. Tranter and K. Brezinsky).
  10. “High pressure study of 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene oxidation”, Comb. Flame   159(11) 3264-3285, 2012, (S. Gudiyella and K. Brezinsky).
  11. “The High Pressure Study of n-Propylbenzene Pyrolysis”, Proc. Combust.Inst., 34, 1767-1774, 2013. (S. Gudiyella and K. Brezinsky).
  12. “Experimental and modeling study on the pyrolysis and oxidation of n-decane and n-dodecane”, Proc. Combust. Inst., 34, 361-368, 2013. (Malewicki, T., Brezinsky, K.,).
  13. “Experimental and modeling study on the pyrolysis and oxidation of iso-octane”, Proc. Combust. Inst., 34, 353-360, 2013. (Malewicki, T., Brezinsky, K.,).
  14. “Study of Acetylene and NOx emissions from n-Heptane and 1-Heptene Counterflow Flames”, Energy & Fuels (2012), 26(2), 879-888 (X. Fu, S. Garner, S. Aggarwal and K. Brezinsky)
  15. “The Experimental Evaluation of a Methodology to Surrogate Fuel Formulation for the Emulation of Gas Phase Combustion Kinetic Phenomena by a Theory of Real Fuel Oxidation”, Combustion and Flame (2012), 159(4), 1444-1466, (S. Dooley, S. H.    Won, J. Heyne, T. Farouk, F.L. Dryer, Y. Ju, K. Kumar, X. Hui, C.-J. Sung, H. Wang; M. Oehlschlaeger; R. Santoro, T. Litzinger; V. Iyer, T. Malewicki, K. Brezinsky).
  16. “Online and Offline Experimental Techniques for PAHs Recovery and Measurement”, Rev. Sci. Instr. 83(3), 2012,(A. Comandini, T. Malewicki, and K. Brezinsky).
  17. “Radical/π-Bond Addition between o-Benzyne and Cyclic C5 Hydrocarbons”, Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2012), 116(4), 1183-1190, ( A. Comandini, K. Brezinsky).
  18. “Chemistry of PAHs Formation from Phenyl Radical Pyrolysis and Phenyl + Acetylene Reaction”, J. Phys. Chem. A, (2012), 116(10),    2409-2434, (A. Comandini, T. Malewicki,, and K. Brezinsky).
  19. “High Pressure Study of n-Propylbenzene Oxidation”, Combust. Flame, 159(3), 940-958, 2012 (S. Gudiyella and K. Brezinsky).
  20. “Biologically Derived Diesel Fuel and NO Formation:  Part 2, Model Development and Extended Validation”, Comb. Flame, 158(12), 2303-2313, 2011 (S. Garner, T. Dubois, C. Togbe, N. Chaumeix, P. Dagaut, K. Brezinsky).
  21. “Theoretical Study of the Formation of Naphthalene from the Radical/π-Bond Addition between Single-Ring Aromatic Hydrocarbons”, J. Phys. Chem., 115(22), 5547-5559, 2011 (A. Comandini and K. Brezinsky).
  22. “Biologically Derived Diesel Fuel and NO Formation:  An experimental and chemical kinetic study, Part 1” Comb. Flame,158(12), 2289-2301, 2011 (S. Garner and K. Brezinsky).
  23. “High Pressure Study of m-Xylene Oxidation”, Combustion and Flame 158 (2011) 687–704, (S. Gudiyella, T. Malewicki, A. Comandini and K. Brezinsky).
  24. “High Pressure Shock Tube Studies on Graphite Oxidation Reactions with Carbon Dioxide and Water”, Proc. Comb. Inst. 33(2), 1837-1842, 2011 (B. Culbertson and K. Brezinsky).
  25. “High-Pressure Shock Tube Studies on Carbon Oxidation Reactions with Carbon Dioxide and Water” Energy & Fuels, 23(12), 5806-5812, 2009, (B. Culbertson and K. Brezinsky).
  26. “The High Pressure Pyrolysis of Saturated and Unsaturated C7 Hydrocarbons”, Proc. Comb. Inst., 32(1), 461-467, 2009 (S. Garner, R. Sivaramakrishnan and K. Brezinsky).
  27. “Elevated Pressure Thermal Experiments and Modeling Studies on the Water-Gas Shift Reaction”, J. Propulsion and Power,  24(5), 1085-1092, 2008 (Culbertson, B.; Sivaramakrishnan, R.; Brezinsky, K.).
  28. “High pressure effects on the mutual sensitization of the oxidation of NO and CH4-C2H6 blends”,  Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 9(31), 4230-4244, 2007. (Sivaramakrishnan, R.; Dayma G.; Dagaut P.; Brezinsky, K.).
  29. “Combustion of CO/H2 mixtures at elevated pressures”, Proc. Comb. Inst. 31, 429-437, 2007. (with Sivaramakrishnan, R., Comandini, A., Tranter, R. S., Brezinsky, K. Davis, S. G., Wang, H.,).
  30. “The high pressure pyrolysis of toluene: Part II Modeling benzyl decomposition and formation of soot precursors”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 110(30), 9400-9404, 2006. (with Sivaramakrishnan R., Tranter R. S.,).
  31. “The high pressure pyrolysis of toluene: Part I Experiments and modeling of toluene decomposition”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 110(30), 9388-9399, 2006. (with Sivaramakrishnan R., Tranter R. S.,).
  32. “Shock Tube Pyrolysis of 1,2,4,5-Hexatetraene”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 110(10), 3605-3613, 2006. (with W. Tang, C.Miller and R.S. Tranter).
  33. “An Optimized Semi-Detailed Sub-mechanism of Benzene Formation from Propargyl Recombination”, J. Phys. Chem. A; 2006; 110(6) pp 2165 – 2175; (with W. Tang and R.S. Tranter).
  34. “Chemical kinetic simulations behind reflected shock waves”, Int. J. Chem. Kin., 38(2), 75-97, 2006 (with W. Tang).
  35. “A Shock Tube Study of the High Pressure Thermal Decomposition of Benzene”, Comb. Sci. Tech., 178 (1-3), 285-305, 2006 (with R. Sivaramakrishnan, H. Vasudevan, and R. S. Tranter).
  36. “Isomeric Product Distributions from the Self Reaction of Propargyl Radicals”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 109, 6056-6065, 2005 (with W. Tang and R.S. Tranter).
  37. “Microwave Assisted Synthesis of Carbide and Nitride Nanolayers on Transition Metals”, in Catalyst Preparation, Science and Engineering, Ed. J. Regalbuto, CRS Press, Boca Raton, 141-162, 2007 (with J. Bender, and J.B. Dunn).
  38. “Solving Kinetic Inversion Problems via a Physical Trust Region Gauss-Newton (PGN) Method”, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 44(10) 3626-3637, 2005. (with W. Tang, L. Zhang and A. Linninger).
  39. “Ring Conserved Isodesmic Reactions: A New Method for Estimating Heats of Formation of Aromatics and PAHs”, J. Phys. Chem. A, 109, 1621-1628, 2005. (with R. Sivaramakrishnan and R. S. Tranter).
  40. “Ethane oxidation and pyrolysis from 5 bar to 1000 bar: experiments and simulation”, Int. J. Chem. Kin., 37, 306-331, 2005 (with R.S. Tranter, A. Raman and R. Sivaramakrishan).
  41. “High Pressure, High Temperature Oxidation of Toluene”, Combustion and Flame, 139(4), 340-350, 2004 (with R. Sivaramakrishnan and R. S. Tranter).
  42. “A High Pressure Model for the Oxidation of Toluene”, Proc. Int. Comb. Symp. 30, 1165-1173, 2005 (with R. Sivaramakrishnan and R.S. Tranter).
  43. “Speciation of C­6H6 Isomers by GC-Matrix Isolation FTIR-MS”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2004, 108, 3403-3405. (with R.S. Tranter, W. Tang, K.B. Anderson and L.B. Harding).
  44. “Shock Tube Study of Thermal Rearrangement of 1,5-Hexadiyne over Wide Temperature and Pressure Regime”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2004, 108, 3406-3415. (with R.S. Tranter, W. Tang and K.B. Anderson).
  45. “High-Pressure Single-Pulse Shock Tube Investigation of Rich and Stoichiometric Ethane Oxidation”, Proc. Int. Comb. Symp. 29, 1267-1275, 2002, (with R.S. Tranter, H. Ramamoorthy, A. Raman, and M. D. Allendorf ).
  46. “Microwave Assisted Combustion Synthesis of Chromium Nitride in a Fluidized Bed”, Proc. Int. Comb. Symp. 29, 1109-1113, 2002 (with A. Jain).
  47. “High Pressure, High Temperature Shock Tube Studies of Hydrocarbons”, Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics, 4, 2001-2010, 2002 (with R. Tranter, R. Sivaramakrishnan and M.D. Allendorf).
  48. “Opportunities of Diagnostics in the Combustion Synthesis of Materials”, Applied Combustion Diagnostics, K. Kohse-Hoinghaus and J.B. Jeffries, eds. 2002., pp. 587-605.
  49. “Microwave Assisted Combustion Synthesis of Tantalum Nitride in a Fluidized Bed”, Journal of the American Ceramics Society, 86(2), 222-226, 2003 (with A. Jain).
  50. “Design of a High Pressure Single Pulse Shock Tube for Chemical Kinetic Investigations”, Review of Scientific Instruments, 72, 3046, 2001 (with R.S. Tranter and D. Fulle).
  51. “Combustion Synthesis of Advanced Ceramics in a Fluidized Bed”, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, 22(4), 19-26, 2001 (with A. Jain).
  52. “Calibration of Reaction Temperatures in Very High Pressure Shock Waves Using Chemical Thermometers”, International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 33,722, 2001 (with R.S. Tranter, R. Sivaramakrishnan, and N. Srinivasan.).
  53. “Fluidized-Bed Combustion Synthesis of Titanium Nitride”, Proc. Comb. Inst. 28, 1373-1380, 2000. (with K-O. Lee and J.J. Cohen).
  54. “Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis of Titanium Nitride”, AIAA Paper 99-0697, 1999 (with K-O  Lee, J.J. Cohen).
  55. “Modeling the Combustion of Toluene-N-Butane Blends”, 27th International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. p337-344 1998 (with S. Klotz and I. Glassman).
  56. “Supercritical Pyrolysis of Decalin, Tetralin, and N-Decane at 700-800K. Product Distribution and Reaction Mechanism”, Combustion Science and Technology 136, 373-390, (1998) (with J. Stewart and I. Glassman).
  57. “The Pyrolysis and Oxidation of Phenol”, J. Phys. Chem, 102, pp. 8614-8619, (1998) (with M. Pecullan and I. Glassman).
  58. “A Computational Study on the Thermochemistry of Cyclopentadiene Derivatives and Kinetics of Cyclopentadienone Thermal Decomposition”, J. Phys. Chem.A 102,1530-1541 (1998) (with H. Wang).
  59. “The Power of Analogies in Chemical Kinetics”, Physical and Chemical Aspects of Combustion: A Tribute to Irvin Glassman, pp. 87-104, Gordon & Breach (1997)(with C.R. Shaddix).
  60. “The Pyrolysis and Oxidation of Anisole near 1000K”, The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 101, pp. 3305-3316. (1997) (with M. Pecullan and I. Glassman).
  61. “Pyrolysis Studies of Methylcyclohexane and Oxidation Studies of Methylcyclohexane and Methylclohexane/Toluene Blends”, Combustion and Flame 108, pp.266-286 (1997)(with S. Zeppieri and I. Glassman).
  62. “Analysis of Fuel Decay Routes in the High Temperature Oxidation of 1-Methyl Naphthalene”, Combustion and Flame 108, pp. 139-157 (1997)(with C.R. Shaddix and I. Glassman).
  63. “Laminar Flame Speeds and Oxidation Kinetics of Benzene/Air and Toluene/Air Flames”, Twenty-Sixth Symposium (International) on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, 1996, pp. 1025-1033. (with S.G. Davis, H. Wang and C.K. Law).
  64. “The Gas Phase Combustion Synthesis of Materials”, Twenty-Sixth Symposium (International) on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, 1996, pp. 1805-1816.
  65. “Supercritical Combustion Synthesis of Titanium Nitride”, Twenty-Sixth Symposium (International) on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, 1996, pp. 1875-1881. (with J.A. Brehm, I. Glassman and C.K. Law).
  66. “The Next Twenty Five Years of Combustion Research: One Researcher’s Perspective”, Comb. Sci. Tech. 98, 237 (1994).
  67. “A Computational and Experimental Study of Combustion Chamber Deposit Effects on NOx Emissions”, SAE Paper #932815 (1993)(with W.M. Studzinski, P.M. Liiva, P.J. Choate, W.P. Acker, T. Litzinger, S. Bower and M. Smooke).
  68. “Oxidation of 1-Methylnaphthalene”, Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 24, 683 (1992)(with C.R. Shaddix and I. Glassman).
  69. “A Gas-Phase SHS Process”, Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 24, 1877 (1992)(with K.A. Davis and I. Glassman).
  70. “A New Definition and Theory of Metal Pyrophoricity”, Comb. Sci. Tech, 83, 161 (1992)(with I. Glassman and P. Papas).
  71. “A Kinetic Model for the Oxidation of Toluene Near 1200 K”, Journal of Physical Chemistry, 96, 2151 (1992)(with J.L. Emdee and I. Glassman).
  72. “Chemical Equilibrium Constraints in the High Temperature Formation of Metallic Nitrides”, Comb. Sci. Tech. 77, 171 (1991)(with K.A. Davis and I. Glassman).
  73. “Hydroxyl Radical Concentration Measurements in Moist Carbon Monoxide Oxidation in a Chemical Kinetic Flow Reactor”, Combustion and Flame, 86, 162 (1991) (with G.T. Linteris, R.A. Yetter and F.L. Dryer).
  74. “High Temperature Oxidation Mechanics of Meta and Para Xylene”, J. Phys. Chem. 95, 1626 (1991)(with J.L. Emdee and I. Glassman).
  75. “A High Temperature 180 Degree Laser Induced Fluorescence Probe for Remote Trace Radical Concentration Measurements”, Applied Optics 30, 381 (1991)(with G.T. Linteris and F.L. Dryer).
  76. “Oxidation of O-Xylene”, Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 23, 77 (1990)(with J.L. Emdee and I. Glassman).
  77. “The Oxidation of Toluene Perturbed by NO2”, Comb. Sci. Tech. 70, 33 (1990) (with A.B. Lovell and I. Glassman).
  78. “Thermodynamics of Refractory Material Formation by Combustion Techniques,” in Modern Research Topics in Aerospace Propulsion, G. Angelino, L. DeLuca and W.A. Sirignano, eds., Springer-Verlag 1991, pp. 49-62 (with K. Davis and I. Glassman).
  79. “The Gas Phase Pyrolysis of Phenol,” Int. J. Chem. Kinet. 21, 547 (1989)(with A.B. Lovell and I. Glassman).
  80. “Benzene Oxidation Perturbed by NO2 Addition,” Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 22, 1063 (1988) (with A.B. Lovell and I. Glassman).
  81. “Oxidation/Pyrolysis Chemistry as Related to Fuel Sooting Tendencies,” Energy and Fuels 2, 487 (1988)(with I. Glassman).
  82. “Molecular Structure and Component Blending Effects on Knock Related Chemistry,” SAE Technical Paper, 872109 (1987)(with F.L. Dryer).
  83. “Chemical Kinetic Modeling of the Oxidation of Large Alkane Fuels: N-Octane and Iso-Octane,” Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 21, 783 (1986) (with E.I. Axelsson, F.L. Dryer, W.J. Pitz and C.K. Westbrook).
  84. “High Temperature Oxidation of N-Alkyl Benzenes,” Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 21, 833 (1986) (with G.T. Linteris, T.A. Litzinger and I. Glassman).
  85. “Reactions of N-Propylbenzene During Gas Phase Oxidation,” Comb. Sci. Technology, 50, 117 (1986) (with T.A. Litzinger and I. Glassman).
  86. “The Gas Phase Oxidation of Iso-Propylbenzene at High Temperature,” J. Phys. Chem., 90, 508 (1986) (with T.A. Litzinger and I. Glassman).
  87. “The Oxidation of Ethylbenzene Near 1060K,” Combustion and Flame, 63, 251 (1986)(with T.A. Litzinger and I. Glassman).
  88. “The High Temperature Oxidation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons,” Progress in Energy and Combustion Science,12,1 (1986).
  89. “A Flow Reactor Study of the Oxidation of Iso-Butylene and an Iso-Butylene/N-Octane Mixture,” Comb. Sci. Technology, 45, 225 (1986)(with F.L. Dryer).
  90. “A Flow Reactor Study of the Oxidation of N-Octane and Iso-Octane,” Comb. Sci. Technology, 45, 199 (1986)(with F.L. Dryer).
  91. “The High Temperature Oxidation of Butadiene,” Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 20, 613 (1985)(with E.J. Burke and I. Glassman).
  92. “The High Temperature Oxidation of the Methyl Side Chain of Toluene,” Int’l J. of Chem. Kinetics, 16, 1053 (1984)(with T.A. Litzinger and I. Glassman).
  93. “Physical and Chemical Effects in Soot Formation,” in Recent Advances in Aerospace Science, Ed. by C. Casci, (Plenum Press, New York, 1982) p. 345, (with A. Gomez, F. Takahashi and I. Glassman).
  94. “High Temperature Oxidation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons,” Symposium (Int’l) on Combustion, 19, 143 (1982)(with C. Venkat and I. Glassman).
  95. “Preliminary Studies on the Oxidation of Aromatics at High Temperatures,” in Proceedings of the First Specialists Meeting (Int’l) of the Combustion Institute, Bordeaux, France, 290, 1981 (with J. Euchner, C. Venkat and I. Glassman).
  96. “Collisionless Infrared Multiphoton Absorption in Propynal,” Chem. Phys. Letters, 72, 202 (1980)(with D.M. Brenner and P.M. Curtis).
  97. “Direct Observations of Collisional Effects on the Internal Energy Distribution of Propynal Following Collisionless Infrared Multiphoton Pumping,” Chem. Phys. Letters, 67, 36 (1979)(with D.M. Brenner).
  98. “Vibrational Spectra of Liquid Crystals. XII. Metastable Crystalline Phases of 4-Octyloxy, 4-Cyanobiphenyl Studies by Raman Spectroscopy,” Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst., 55, 53 (1979)(with B.J. Bulkin and T. Kennelly).
  99. “Vibrational Spectra of Liquid Crystals. XI. Correlation Functions Obtained from 4-Octyloxy, 4-Cyanobiphenyl CN Stretching in Smectic, Nematic, Isotropic and Solution Phases,” J. Chem. Phys. 69, 15 (1978)(with B.J. Bulkin).
  100. “Correlation Function Approach to the Study of Raman Band Shapes of Liquid Crystals” in Liquid Crystals and Ordered Fluids, edited by Porter, R.S. and Johnson, J.F. (Plenum, N.Y. 1978), vol. 3, p. 355 (with B.J. Bulkin).