Subith Vasu

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering



  • Associate Professor


  • Journal of Aeronautics & Aerospace Engineering
  • Open Journal of Physical Chemistry
  • The Open Petroleum Engineering Journal
  • Researches and Applications in Mechanical Engineering
  • The Open Physical Chemistry Journal
  • Journal of Quantum Chemistry


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering Stanford University

M.S. Aerospace Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

B.S. Aerospace Engineering Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

Research Interests

Rocket propulsion; Hypergolic propellants; Hybrid propulsion; Energetic nanomaterials; Scramjets & high-speed air breathing vehicles propulsion; Impulse facilities for hypersonics; Reaction rate experiments using shock tube and laser diagnostics; Synchrotron photo-ionization mass spectrometry probing surface, atmospheric, and propellant chemistry; Chemical kinetic modeling of reactive flows; Optical diagnostics development; Optical diagnostics applications in energy, propulsion, and environmental science; Fundamental & applied Laser spectroscopy;Shock tube gas dynamics and chemistry; Nonlinear wave propagation in gases; • Surface catalytic processes for heterogeneous ignition, ablation and fuel conditioning; Advanced engines, gas turbines; Alternative and fossil fuels;

Selected Publications

  • Joshua W. Allen; Adam M. Scheer; Connie Gao; Shamel S. Merchant; Subith S. Vasu; Oliver Welz; John D. Savee; David L. Osborn; Changyoul Lee; Stijn Vranckx; Zhandong Wang; Fei Qi; Ravi X. Fernandes; William H. Green; Masood Z. Hadi; and Craig A. Taatjes; "A coordinated investigation of the combustion chemistry of diisopropyl ketone, a prototype for biofuels produced by endophytic fungi", Combustion and Flame, accepted, 10/13.
  • Jihad Badra; Ahmed Elwardany; Fethi Khaled; Subith S. Vasu; Aamir Farooq; " A shock tube and laser absorption study of ignition delay times and OH reaction rates of ketones: 2-Butanone and 3-Buten-2-one", Combustion and Flame, accepted, 9/13.
  • Subith S. Vasu; S.M. Sarathy; "On the high-temperature combustion of n-butanol: Shock tube data and an improved kinetic model", Energy & Fuels, accepted, 9/13.
  • Welz O.; Savee J. D.; Osborn D.; Vasu S. S.; Percival C. J.; Shallcross D. E.; Taatjes C. A.; "Direct kinetic measurements of Criegee Intermediate (CH2OO) formed by Reaction of CH2I with O2", Science 2012, 335, 204-207.
  • Vasu S. S.; Davidson D. F.; Hanson R. K.; "Shock tube study of syngas ignition in rich CO2 mixtures and determination of the rate of H+O2+CO2->HO2+CO2", Energy and Fuels 2011, 25 (3), 990-997.