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Moshan Kahandawala

Group Leader, Kinetics and Process Engineering - Senior Research Engineer

University of Dayton Research Institute: Power and Energy


Email: Moshan Kahandawala
Phone: 937-229-4805
1700 S. Patterson Boulevard, Rm N3709, Dayton, OH 45409
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Dr. Kahandawala leads UDRI's Kinetics and Process Engineering group, which conducts fundamental and applied research in environmental and green energy technologies. In order to support efforts to move away from fossil fuel use, Dr. Kahandawala and his group work across other UDRI groups and divisions to enhance and utilize processes existing in nature to generate energy in an economical manner with the least impact on the environment. This includes research in algae biomass, biofuels, biogas, wind, hydroelectricity, and other emerging green energy technologies. In environmental technology, Group expertise extends to alternate low-cost wastewater treatment, CO2 sequestration, pollutant emission reduction and characterization from chemical and other waste disposal, alternate fuel / fuel additive engine performance assessments and emissions characterization, development of fuel efficient and cleaner burning engine technologies.


  • Ignition and emissions characterization of hydrocarbon fuels and fuel additives
  • Detailed kinetic model development and validation
  • Emissions from domestic and outdoor biomass/waste combustion
  • Catalyst development
  • Flame chemistry
  • Algal fuels and other renewable energy technologies
  • Solid and liquid propellants
  • Reactor design and optimization


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2004
  • M.Eng., Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2000
  • M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Kyiv International University of Civil Aviation, 1999
  • B.Eng., Aeronautical Engineering, Kyiv International University of Civil Aviation, 1998


  • Combustion Institute
  • American Society for Mechanical Engineers
  • Society for Aerospace Engineers
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Sigma-Xi Scientific Research Society
  • American Chemical Society


  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society Award for Graduate Research Excellence at University of Dayton
  • Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute Competitive Scholarship Award for Graduate Studies
  • M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Graduated with Honors
  • B.Eng. in Aeronautical Engineering, Graduated with Honors

Selected Publications

  • T. Litzinger;  M. Colket;  M. Kahandawala;  V. Katta;  S. -Y. Lee;  D. Liscinsky;  K. McNesby;  R. Pawlik;  M. Roquemore;  R. Santoro;  S. Sidhu;  S. Stouffer; J. Wu, “Fuel Additive Effects on Soot across a Suite of Laboratory Devices, Part 1: Ethanol,” Combustion Science and Technology, 181 (2), 310–328, 2009
  • S. Sidhu; M. Kahandawala; A. Morgan; A. Galvez;  M.F. Gomez–Rico, “Use of cone calorimeter to estimate organic pollutant emissions from outdoor wood burning boilers,” Organohalogen Compounds, 70, 493–496, 2008
  • M.S.P. Kahandawala; M.J. DeWitt; E. Corporan; S.S. Sidhu, “Ignition and Emission Characteristics of Surrogate and Practical Jet Fuels,” Energy & Fuels, 22 (6), 3673–3679, 2008
  • M.S.P. Kahandawala; S.A.P. Corera; S. Williams; C.D. Carter; S.S. Sidhu, “Investigation of kinetics of iso-octane ignition under scramjet conditions,” International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 38 (3), 194–201, 2006
  • M.S.P. Kahandawala; J.L. Graham; S.S. Sidhu, “Particulate emission from combustion of diesel and Fischer-Tropsch fuels: A shock tube study,” Energy & Fuels, 18 (2), 289–295, 2004
  • M.S.P. Kahandawala; J.L. Graham; S.S. Sidhu, “Impact of lubricating oil on particulates formed during combustion of diesel fuel—a shock tube study,” Fuel, 83 (13), 1829–1835, 2004