von Ohain Fuels & Combustion Center

University of Dayton

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The University of Dayton's von Ohain Fuels & Combustion Center is an award winning academic and research center with an international reputation and more than 25 years of history in achievement and sustained growth. Nationally ranked by NASA and GE Aviation, and currently conducting research deemed a top three priority for the US Air Force, the center is committed to the development and application of alternative and conventional fuels and fuel additives with complementary emphasis on understanding and optimizing fuel combustion processes and decreasing emissions, development of environmentally friendly algae and bio fuels, determining fuels and materials compatibility, investigating greenhouse gas emissions, and understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts of fuel use. The Center has an ongoing six year, $49.97 million award that is enabling the program's continued growth, while continuing to build upon its impressive record of accomplishments.

Driving Economic Advancement

The Center maintains a strong relationship with key companies and institutions that strengthen Ohio's economy, such as GE Aviation, Battelle, Parker, Lubrizol, Velocys, Graftech, AFRL, and NASA GRC. In partnership with Baard Energy and other Ohio companies, the Center will work to establish an environmentally-acceptable coal, biomass and gas-to-liquid fuel industry in Ohio.


  • Ranked among the top three fuels and combustion programs among national universities by NASA, the Center has been compared to schools including Penn State and Georgia Institute of Technology


  1. Achieve an annual growth in expenditures of at least four percent
  2. Perform ground-breaking fundamental research using the nation's first research scale Fischer-Tropsch fuel synthesis facility
  3. Increase collaboration with the industry as measured by research agreements and partnerships

Metrics (Over the past five-years)

  • Number of peer reviewed publications: 108 Journal Publications
  • Annual research expenditures: $10.4 million
  • Number of researchers: 60 professionals (24 Ph.Ds) and 30 graduate students
  • Number of Ohio based industrial collaborations: 11 industries
  • Number of awards (state, national, international), invited talks, and fellows: 61