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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Hot Fuel Chemistry for Advanced Propulsion


Aerospace Systems Directorate, RQ/Turbine Engine Division

opportunity location
13.30.08.B8404 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337103


name email phone
William Kell Lewis 937.255.4849


In modern aircraft, the onboard fuel is used as a coolant or thermal management fluid.  The ability of jet fuels to handle the imposed thermal stress without generating harmful coke deposits is a key enabler for advanced aviation technologies.  This research opportunity is focused on research into the chemical and physical processes that occur in jet fuels at elevated temperatures and pressures.  Of particular interest are the chemistry and physics associated with formation of deposits, and in the development of instrumentation and methods to investigate and model these processes.  


A. F. DeBlase, et al. “In Situ Diagnostic of Supercritical Fuel Surrogates: Probing Heterogeneous Catalysis by Collision-Induced Dissociation in a Molecular Beam Tandem Mass Spectrometer” Energy Fuels 33, 10861 (2019).

A. F. DeBlase, et al. “Probing the Supercritical Pyrolysis Regime by Mass Spectrometry: The Effects of Aliphatic vs. Aromatic Content on the Composition of an Endothermic Fuel” Energy Fuels 32, 12289 (2018).

C. E. Bunker, et al. “Enhanced Bimolecular Reaction in a Two-Component Fluid under Pyrolytic Conditions:  In Situ Probing of the Pyrolysis of Jet Fuel Surrogates using a Supersonic Expansion Molecular Beam Mass Spectrometer” Energy Fuels 32, 3391 (2018).

key words
fuel; jet fuel; hydrocarbons; deposition; carbon; coke; coking; pyrolysis; cracking; oxidation; auto-oxidation; instrumentation; modeling; analysis; sensors; physical chemistry; chemical physics; analytical chemistry


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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