Sayan Biswas

ME Assistant Professor Sayan Biswas

Sayan Biswas

Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical Engineering
Room 213
111 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Ph.D. 2017, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
M.S. 2012, Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut
B.E. 2010, Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University, India

Professional Background

Postdoctoral Researcher, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, 2017 – 2020
R&D Specialist, Praxair Inc., Tonawanda, NY, 2017
Visiting Scholar, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, 2014

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Combustion Institute (CI)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)


Sayan Biswas is an experimental energy researcher and a passionate educator. His research focuses on developing sustainable technologies for clean and efficient future energy, emphasizing low-temperature plasma processes at elevated engine-relevant pressures, reacting flows, advanced laser diagnostics, propulsion, microscale power generation, and computational fluid dynamics.

Plasma Power Propulsion Laboratory (3P Lab)
Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Lab (MERL)

ME Research Areas
Combustion & Engines

ME Impact Areas
Environment & Sustainability
Energy Transition
Next-Gen Manufacturing

Research Interests

Dr. Biswas’s research interest focuses on the fundamental understanding of complex reacting flows and low-temperature plasma processes to develop advanced technologies for clean energy generation. He combines experimental methods and advanced laser measurement techniques with detailed numerical simulations to develop fundamental as well as applied knowledge of low- temperature plasma processes for future energy generation. His research applications are relevant in power generation, transportation, air-breathing high-speed propulsion, deep space propulsion, fire safety, emission control from automotive and gas turbine engines, nanoenergetics plasma-materials interaction, fuel efficiency improvement, and development of alternative fuels. Dr. Biswas is currently interested in the following research topics:

  • Fundamentals of low-temperature plasma behavior at high-pressure, engine relevant conditions
  • Plasma-based space propulsion
  • Plasma processing of materials and plasma synthesis of nanoparticles
  • Next-generation internal combustion and gas turbine engine research
  • Microscale power generation and nanoenergetics
  • Flow control and flame stabilization in ramjet and scramjet
  • High-speed laser diagnostics, X-ray diagnostics

Teaching Interests

  • Reacting flow and combustion
  • Spectroscopy and laser diagnostics
  • Plasma physics
  • Turbulence and fluids
  • Heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics
  • Rocket and air-breathing propulsion
  • Supersonic and hypersonic flows

Honors and Awards

  • ASME ECLIPSE Fellowship, Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering, 2020 – 2021
  • Research Spot Award, Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, 2019
  • Best Paper Award, JSAE PFL 2019 Meeting, Kyoto, Japan, 2019
  • Springer Thesis Award, Springer Science, 2018
  • Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Engineering, Purdue University, 2016, 2017
  • Combustion Art Special Recognition Award, Central States Combustion Meeting, Knoxville, TN, 2016
  • Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship, College of Engineering, Purdue University, 2016
  • First Place in Combustion Art, US National Combustion Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, 2015
  • Gold Medal, Meera-Rani Mitra Memorial Award, Jadavpur University, India, 2010
  • Best Paper Award, National Conference on MEMS, Smart Structures; Materials, India, 2009

Selected Publications

  • S Biswas, I Ekoto, “Ozone added spark assisted compression ignition” in 'Advanced combustion techniques and engine technologies for the automotive sector,’ Springer Nature, November 2019.
  • S Biswas, “Physics of turbulent jet ignition: Mechanisms and dynamics of ultra-lean combustion,” First edition, Springer International, ISBN 978-3-319-76242-5, 2018.
  • S Biswas, L Qiao, “A comprehensive statistical investigation of schlieren image velocimetry (SIV) using high-velocity helium jet,” Experiments in Fluids, Vol. 58(3), 2017.
  • S Biswas, S Tanvir, H Wang, L Qiao, “On ignition mechanisms of premixed CH 4 /air and H 2 /air using a hot turbulent jet generated by pre-chamber combustion,” Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 106, 2016.
  • S Biswas, K Kopp, M Renfro, BM Cetegen, “Phase-resolved characterization of conical premixed flames near and far from blowoff,” Combustion and Flame, Vol. 160(12), 2013. 

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