Robert Dibble

Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
Clean Combustion


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Imperial College London, 1976-77
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1975
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1971

Research Interests

​Professor Dibble’s research interests focus on combustion, and he has investigated a wide range of combustion-related topics over the years, including turbulent flows, gas turbines, micro turbines, spark ignited engines, and Diesel engines. More recently, he has investigated the applications of diode lasers to combustion systems; the removal of nitric oxide (NOx) from combustion systems; and Homogenous Charge Compression Ignited (HCCI) Engines. His earlier research into oxygenated fuel has contributed to the generation and application of biofuels, which are greenhouse gas neutral.

Selected Publications

  • Rapp, V. H., J. H. Mack, P. Tschann, W. Hable, R. J. Cattolica, and R. W. Dibble. 2014. "Research Octane Numbers of Primary and Mixed Alcohols from Biomass-Based Syngas." Energy and Fuels 28 (5): 3185-3191
  • Van Blarigan, A., D. Kozarac, R. Seiser, J. Y. Chen, R. Cattolica, and R. Dibble. 2014. "Spark-Ignited Engine NOx Emissions in a Low-Nitrogen Oxycombustion Environment." Applied Energy 118: 22-31
  • Van Blarigan, A., D. Kozarac, R. Seiser, R. Cattolica, J. -Y Chen, and R. Dibble. 2014. "Experimental Study of Methane Fuel Oxycombustion in a Spark-Ignited Engine." Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of the ASME 136 (1)
  • Mack, J. H., V. H. Rapp, M. Broeckelmann, T. S. Lee, and R. W. Dibble. 2014. "Investigation of Biofuels from Microorganism Metabolism for use as Anti-Knock Additives." Fuel 117 (PARTB): 939-943
  • Vuilleumier, D., H. Selim, R. Dibble, and M. Sarathy. 2013. "Exploration of Heat Release in a Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition Engine with Primary Reference Fuels." SAE Technical Papers 11