Nicole Labbe
Assistant Professor • Thermo Fluid Sciences

ECME 210

Research Interests

Chemical kinetics, renewable fuels, combustion modeling, reactive flows

The Labbe Lab's research is focused on addressing critical issues with energy for transportation through the interface of chemistry and engineering. Our group works on the development of robust chemical kinetic models using state of the art theoretical methods to accurately unravel chemistry relevant to practical energy problems.

These computational models, combined with complimentary micro-reactor experiments to determine the short time scale chemical steps in combustion and low-pressure flat flame experiments to measure how the chemical composition of a flame changes from the burner to the exhaust, assist in unraveling the puzzle of how fuels operate in extreme temperature and pressure environments found in engines, turbines, and rocket thrusters. 

Select Publications

  1. Weakly-bound free radicals in combustion: “Prompt” dissociation of formyl radicals and its effect on laminar flame speeds, N. J. Labbe, R. Sivaramakrishnan, C. F. Goldsmith, Y. Georgievskii, J. A. Miller, S. J. Klippenstein, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 7 (2015) 85-89.
  2. Ramifications of Including Non-Equilibrium Effects for HCO in Flame Chemistry, N. J. Labbe, R. Sivaramakrishnan, C. F. Goldsmith, Y. Georgievskii, J. A. Miller, S. J. Klippenstein. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 36 (2017) 525-532.
  3. Combustion chemistry and fuel-nitrogen conversion in a laminar premixed flame of morpholine as a model biofuel, A. Lucassen*, N.J. Labbe*, P.R. Westmoreland, K. Kohse-Höinghaus, Combustion and Flame 158 (2011) 1647-1666.