- Optical diagnostics and sensors development
- Shock tubes and shock waves
- Supercritical CO2 powercycles
- Chemical kinetics and applications in propulsion, space and planetary science
Most days, “Combustion Man” Subith Vasu can be found at his lab, researching ways to detonate deadly substances in the safest possible way. By generating the conditions of fire inside a 50-foot-long shock tube, his research team examines what happens to toxic chemicals during explosions and how to destroy those dangerous weapons. His team also investigates new technologies that can maximize power generation efficiency to pioneer smarter sources of energy.