Dr. Nicholas Cernansky

Nicholas P. Cernansky

Frederic O. Hess Chair Professor of Combustion
Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Nicholas P. Cernansky

Frederic O. Hess Chair Professor of Combustion
Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, UC Berkeley

Research Interests

Low and intermediate temperature combustion of hydrocarbons; autoignition and knock in spark ignition engines; homogeneous change compression ignition (HCCI) combustion process; formation and control of combustion generated emissions.

Featured Awards

  • 2012, Recipient of the Internal Combustion Engine Award by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2002, Selected as a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers
  • 1989, Research Achievement Award, Drexel University

Professional Associations

  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Society of Automotive Engineers
  • American Association of University Professors
  • The Combustion Institute
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Sigma Xi
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Order of the Engineer
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania

Select Publications

  • Wu, L., Lane, J., Cernansky, N.P., Miller, D.L., Fridman, A.A., Starikovskiy, A. Y, “Plasma-Assisted Ignition Kinetics below Self-Ignition Threshold in Methane, Ethane, Propane and Butane,” Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 33, 3219-3224, 2011. (doi:10.1016 / j.proci.2010.06.003)
  • Corrubia, J. A., Farid, F., Cernansky, N.P., Miller, D.L., “The Low to Intermediate Temperature Oxidation of n-Propylcyclohexane in a Pressurized Flow Reactor,” Paper No. 2A12, 7th U.S. National Technical Meeting of the Combustion Institute, Atlanta, GA, 20-23 Mar 2011.
  • Wu, L., Lane, J.L., Cernansky, N.P, Miller, D.L., Fridman, A.A., Starikovskiy, A.Y., “Time resolved PLIF and CRD diagnostics of OH radicals in the afterglow of plasma discharge in hydrocarbon mixtures,” Paper No. 2H15, 7th U.S. National Technical Meeting of the Combustion Institute, Atlanta, GA, 20-23 Mar 2011.
  • Lane, J.L., Cernansky, N.P., Miller, D.L., ”Cavity Enhanced Magneto-optic Rotation (CEMOR) of OH Radicals in a Methane/Air Flame,” Paper No. 2E17, 7th U.S. National Technical Meeting of the Combustion Institute, Atlanta, GA, 20-23 Mar 2011.
  • Gupta, A., Miller, D.L., Cernansky, N.P., ”Development of a Low-Temperature Hydrocarbon Kinetic Mechanism which forms Non-Alkylated Lactones,” Paper No. 1A08, 7th U.S. National Technical Meeting of the Combustion Institute, Atlanta, GA, 20-23 Mar 2011.
  • Wu, L., Lane, J.L., Cernansky, N.P, Miller, D.L., Fridman, A.A., Starikovskiy, A.Y., “Time resolved PLIF and CRD diagnostics of OH radicals in the afterglow of plasma discharge in hydrocarbon mixtures,” 20th International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry (ISPC), Philadelphia, PA, 24-29 July 2011.
  • Natelson, R. H., Kurman, M. S., Johnson, R. O., Cernansky, N. P. Miller, D.L., ”Preignition and Autoignition Chemistry of the Xylene Isomers,” Combustion Science and Technology 183, 9, 897-914, 2011. (doi:10.1080/00102202.2011.559952)
  • Wu, L., Lane, J.L., Cernansky, N.P., Miller, D.L., Fridman, A.A., Starikovskiy, A.Y., “Time Resolved PLIF Imaging of OH Radicals in the Afterglow of Nanosecond Pulsed Discharge Combustible Mixtures,” IEEE Trans on Plasma Science,Vol. 39, No. 11, 2604-2605, 2011. (doi:10.1109/TPS.2011.2160739)