Sebastian Verhelst

Sebastian Verhelst

Senior lecturer

Personal profile


I graduated from Ghent University (UGent, Belgium) as a Master of Electromechanical Engineering in June 1999. I then started as a research and teaching assistant there. I worked on my Ph.D. and assisted with courses and labs. During 2002 and 2003 I obtained an EC Marie Curie Fellowship allowing me to spend 6 months at Leeds University (UK), measuring laminar and turbulent burning velocities of hydrogen mixtures in their "Mk.II" combustion vessel.

In April 2005 I obtained my Ph.D. degree, in Electromechanical Engineering, contributing to experimental and modelling work of hydrogen engines. I then became a postdoctoral assistant, expanding the work to include other alternative fuels (alcohols, biodiesel, vegetable oils and animal fats …). In October 2008, I became a part-time lecturer of Alternative Fuels for Internal Combustion Engines at UGent. This allowed me to independently apply for funding and start up my own research group.

In October 2011, I got a permanent, full-time position as Associate Professor of Internal Combustion Engines at UGent, working on alternative fuels for engines, in-cylinder heat transfer and medium speed diesel engines.

In September 2017 I started working at Lund University as a Senior Lecturer of Combustion Engines. The split between Lund and Ghent varied initially, but has now landed on a 50/50. In 2018 I was promoted to Reader at Lund, and in 2021 to full professor at Ghent.

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

UKÄ subject classification

  • Energy Engineering
  • Vehicle Engineering

Free keywords

  • combustion
  • combustion engine
  • alcohol fuels
  • alternative fuels
  • methanol
  • transportation
  • Sustainable mobility


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