Tim Chen

Graduate researcher


Princeton University
-Ph.D. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (2016-Present)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
-B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Asian American Studies, (Class of 2016)

Publications and Presentations
-Plasma-Assisted Fuel Reforming of Methane Using Nonequilibrium Excitation

Tim Chen is a second-year graduate student co-advised by Professor Kolemen and Professor Ju. His research entails utilizing laser diagnostics to study plasma-assisted combustion and fuel reforming.

Currently, Tim is designing a laser Thomson Scattering system to measure electron temperature and density in nanosecond pulsed plasma-assisted reforming of methane and carbon dioxide. Accurate measurements of electron temperature and density can provide valuable data for plasma chemistry modeling and insight into improving the energy efficiency of the plasma-assisted fuel reforming process. Advancements in this research area can lead to the successful application of plasma-assisted fuel reforming as a method of reducing and controlling greenhouse gas emissions.