Sebastian Verhelst

Senior Lecturer

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Energy Engineering
  • Vehicle Engineering


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


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, initially half-time and from January 2018 full-time.

Recent research outputs

Haohan Li, Roel Verschaeren, Tarek Beji & Sebastian Verhelst, 2021, In: Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science. 121, 110278.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vikram Singh, Jelmer Rijpkema, Xiufei Li, Karin Munch, Sven Andersson & Sebastian Verhelst, 2020 Sep 15, SAE Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants Meeting. 2020 ed. Society of Automotive Engineers, 2020-01-2033. (SAE Technical Papers).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

Vikram Singh, Jelmer Johannes Rijpkema, Karin Munch, Sven B. Andersson & Sebastian Verhelst, 2020 May 25, In: Applied Thermal Engineering. 172, 115157.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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