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Sukh S. Sidhu

Vice President for the University of Dayton Research Institute

University of Dayton Research Institute: Vice Presidents Office


Email: Sukh Sidhu
Phone: 937-229-2113
1700 S. Patterson Boulevard, Dayton, OH 45409
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Dr. Sukh Sidhu is the Vice President for the University of Dayton Research Institute where he is responsible for leading and growing the institute. Previously, as Director of Research and Development, Dr. Sidhu oversaw the operations of UDRI's eight technical divisions. He also played a substantial role in building new business and growing annual revenue, meeting regularly with divisional and technical leaders to strategize on new research thrusts and large multi-divisional programs. Furthermore, he is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and teaches courses in Energy and Environmental Sustainability for both the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. For over 26 years, Dr. Sidhu has conducted and directed research in sustainable energy and environment. His research focus is to reduce pollution during energy generation, reduce energy consumption and investigate alternate energy technologies to replace fossil fuel-based technologies.


  • PM2.5 emission from automotive and aviation fuel combustion
  • Combustion chemistry and elementary reaction kinetics
  • Mechanisms of formation of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans
  • THC and PCDD/F emissions from cofired and non-cofired cement kilns
  • Process modifications for sewage sludge incinerators to minimize NOx and yellow plume emissions
  • Understanding catalytic effects of various surfaces on pollutant formation in post-combustion zones


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago, 1992
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, 1990
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Osmania University, 1987


UDRI Exceptional Performance Award, 2016, 2014, 2013


American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Selected Publications

  • P. Varanasi, A. Fullana, and S. S. Sidhu, “Remediation of PCB contaminated Soils Using Iron Nano-Particles,” Chemosphere, 66, 1031, 2006.
  • M. S. P. Kahandawala, S. A. Corera, S. Williams, C. D. Campbell and S. S. Sidhu, “Investigation of Kinetics of Iso-octane Ignition under Scramjet Conditions,” Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 38, 194, 2006.
  • S. Sidhu, B. Gullett, R. C. Striebich, J. Klosterman, J. Contreras, and M. DeVito, “Endocrine Disrupting Chemical Emissions From Combustion Sources,” Atmos. Environ., 39, 801, 2005.
  • M. S. P. Kahandawala, J. L. Graham, and S. S. Sidhu, “Particulate Emission from Combustion of Diesel and Fischer-Tropsch Fuels: A Shock Tube Study," Energy and Fuels, 18, 289, 2004.
  • A. Fullana, A. A. Carbonell-Barrachina, and S. S. Sidhu, “Comparison of Volatile Aldehydes in the Cooking Fumes of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olive, and Canola Oils,” J. Agric. Food Chem., 52, 5207, 2004.
  • M. S. P. Kahandawala, J. L. Graham, and S. S. Sidhu, “Impact of Lubricating Oil on Particulates during Combustion of Diesel Fuel – A Shock Tube Study,” Fuel, 83, 1829, 2004.
  • S. Sidhu and P. Edwards, “Role of Phenoxy Radicals in PCDD/F Formation,” Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 34, 531, 2002.
  • S. S. Sidhu, N. Kasti, P. Edwards, and B. Dellinger, "Hazardous Air Pollutants Formation from Reactions of Raw Meal Organics in Cement Kilns," Chemosphere 42, 499, 2001.
  • A. Wehrmeier, S. S. Sidhu, P. H. Taylor, W. A. Rubey, and B. Dellinger, "Role of Copper Species in Acetylene Chlorination and Molecular Growth Reactions," Environ. Sci. Technol., 32, 2741, 1998.
  • S. S. Sidhu, L. Maqsud, and B. Dellinger, "The Homogeneous, Gas-Phase Formation of Chlorinated and Brominated Dibenzo-p-Dioxins from 2,4,6-Trichloro- and 2,4,6-Tribromophenols," Combust. Flame, 100, 11, 1995.