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Professor Mattias Richter is performing his research within the Division of Combustion Physics, which is part of the Department of Physics at Lund University in Sweden. The Division conducts research on laser diagnostics for application in various fields, spanning from engineering to bio-photonics. Prof. Richter received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2002. His thesis work was focused on development and application of optical diagnostics for engine development. Since then (2002-2021) he has been responsible for the optical diagnostics activities within the Centre of Competence Combustion Processes involving several national and international engine manufacturers as industry partners. Richter has been representing Lund University in several EU-projects on engine and gas turbine development. In 2006 he became an Associate Professor, and in 2016 he got a position as full professor.
The research focus is on 2D and 3D imaging of species distributions in reacting flows, high-speed diagnostics and phosphor thermometry. The activities include both fundamental studies in laboratory environment and highly applied work conducted in practical apparatus. These applications include work in engines ranging in size from chain saws to big-bore engines for marine propulsion. Also processes in stationary and aviation gas turbines, afterburners, gas ovens and boilers have been studied in the applied research that is often being conducted at the sites of industrial partners. Studies of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is now an important part of the eresearch performed in Richter´s group.
Currently Richter has been main supervisor for 15 graduated PhDs. He is a member of the Advisory Board for The Journal of Engine Research (IJER) and for The International Congresses on High-Speed Imaging and Photonics (ICHSIP).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

UKÄ subject classification

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
  • Vehicle Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
  • Ceramics
  • Engineering and Technology

Free keywords

  • Laser Diagnostics
  • Combustion Engines
  • Energy Transition
  • Gas turbines
  • Sensor materials
  • Sustainable Fuels


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