Dr K.J. Hughes

BSc, PhD (Leicester)

Senior Research Fellow


Room 3.33, Centre for Computational Fluid Dynamics, School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)113 343 2481

Fax: +44(0)113 246 7310

Email: K.J.Hughes@leeds.ac.uk


Areas of Expertise

Chemical kinetics and reaction mechanism development and reduction. (Applied to hydrocarbon oxidation, with nitrogen and sulphur species)

Master equation modelling of reaction over potential energy surfaces.

Experimental probing of Combustion systems with laser based techniques.


I. Shafagh, K.J. Hughes, M. Pourkashanian, A. Williams, Journal of Energy Resources Technology 133 (2011), 011201 “Application of ab initio quantum mechanical calculations to investigate oxidation of C-7 and C-14 methyl esters: an alternative fuel.” doi:10.1115/1.4003677

E. Catalanotti, K.J. Hughes, M. Pourkashanian, C.W. Wilson, Energy and Fuels (2011, In press) “Development of a Chemical Reaction Mechanism for Alternative Aviation Fuels” DOI: 10.1021/ef101703j

M. Gharebaghi, K.J. Hughes, R.T.J. Porter, M. Pourkashanian, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 33 (2011) 1779-1786 “Mercury speciation in air-coal and oxy-coal combustion: A modelling approach”

I. Shafagh, K.J. Hughes, M. Pourkashanian, Computational and Theoretical Chemistry 964 (2011) 100-107 “Modified enthalpies of formation for hydrocarbons from DFT and ab initio thermal energies”

M.S. Ismail, T. Damjanovic, K. Hughes, D.B. Ingham, L. Ma, M. Pourkashanian, M. Rosli, Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology, 7 (2010) 051016 “Through-plane permeability for untreated and PTFE-treated gas diffusion layers in proton exchange membrane”

T. Zehn, K.J. Hughes, J.F. Griffiths, R. Porter, A.S. Tomlin, Combustion Theory and Modelling, 13(4), (2009), 589-605 "A global sensitivity study of cyclohexane oxidation under low temperature fuel rich conditions using HDMR methods"

K.J. Hughes, M. Fairweather, J.F. Griffiths, R. Porter, A.S. Tomlin, Proc. Comb. Inst., 32 (2009) 543-551 "The application of the QSSA via reaction lumping for the reduction of complex hydrocarbon oxidation mechanisms"

K.L. Gannon, D.R. Glowacki, M.A. Blitz, K.J. Hughes, M.J. Pilling, and P.W. Seakins,
J. Phys. Chem. A, 111(29) (2007) 6679-6692 “H Atom Yields from the Reactions of CN Radicals with C2H2, C2H4, C3H6, trans-2-C4H8, and iso-C4H8”

K.J. Hughes, M. Pourkashanian, C.W. Wilson, Int. J. Energy for a Clean Environment, 8 (2007) 305-320 "OH Concentration Measurements in a Jet Exhaust"

G. Mittal, C.J. Sung, M. Fairweather, A.S. Tomlin, J.F. Griffiths, K.J. Hughes, Proc. Comb. Inst., 31 (2007) 419 “Significance of the HO2 + CO reaction during the combustion of CO + H2 mixtures at high pressures”

K.J. Hughes, J.F. Griffiths, M. Fairweather, A.S. Tomlin, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 8 (2006) 3197 “Evaluation of models for the low temperature combustion of alkanes through interpretation of pressure-temperature ignition diagrams”

M.A. Blitz, K.J. Hughes, M.J. Pilling, S.H. Robertson, J. Phys. Chem. A, 110 (2006) 2996 “Combined experimental and master equation investigation of the multiwell reaction H + SO2”

F. Buda, P.A. Glaude, F. Battin-Leclerc, R. Porter, K.J. Hughes, J.F. Griffiths, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 19 (2006) 227 “Use of detailed kinetic mechanisms for the prediction of autoignition”

A. Petzold, M. Fiebig, L. Fritzsche, C. Stein, U. Schumann, C.W. Wilson, C.D. Hurley, F. Arnold, E. Katragkou, U. Baltensperger, M. Gysel, S. Nyeki, R. Hitzenberger, H. Giebl, K.J. Hughes, R. Kurtenbach, P. Wiesen, P. Madden, H. Puxbaum, S. Vrchoticky, C. Wahl, Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 14 (2005) 465 “Particle emissions from aircraft engines – a survey of the european project PartEmis”

R. Fairlie, J.F. Griffiths, K.J. Hughes, H. Pearlman, Proc. Comb. Inst., 30 (2005), 1057 “Cool flames in space: experimental and numerical studies of propane combustion”

J.F. Griffiths K.J. Hughes, R. Porter, Proc. Comb. Inst., 30 (2005) 1083 “The role and rate of hydrogen peroxide decomposition during hydrocarbon two-stage autoignition”

K. McKee, M.A. Blitz, K.J. Hughes, M.J. Pilling, H-B. Qian, A. Taylor, P.W. Seakins, J. Phys. Chem. A, 107 (2003) 5710 “H atom branching ratios from the reactions of CH with C2H2, C2H4, C2H6 and neo-C5H12 at room temperature and 25 torr”

M.A. Blitz, K.J. Hughes, M.J. Pilling, J. Phys. Chem. A, 107 (2003) 1971 “Determination of the high-pressure limiting rate coefficient and enthalpy of reaction for OH+SO2”

K.J. Hughes, M.A. Blitz, M.J. Pilling, S.H. Robertson, Proc. Comb. Inst., 29 (2002) 2431 “A master equation model for the determination of rate coefficients in the H+SO2 system”

K.J. Hughes, A.S. Tomlin, V.A. Dupont, M. Pourkashanian, Farad. Disc., 119 (2001) 1359 “Experimental and modelling study of sulphur and nitrogen doped premixed flames at low pressure”

K.J. Hughes, T. Turanyi, A.R. Clague, M.J. Pilling, Int. J. Chem. Kinet., 33 (2001) 513 “Development and testing of a comprehensive chemical mechanism for the oxidation of methane”

K.J. Hughes, A.S. Tomlin, E. Hampartsoumian, W. Nimmo, I.G. Zsely, M. Ujvari, T. Turanyi, A.R. Clague, M.J. Pilling, Combust. Flame, 124 (2001) 573 “An investigation of important gas-phase reactions of nitrogenous species from the simulation of experimental measurements in combustion systems”

E. Hampartsoumian, W. Nimmo, A.S. Tomlin, K.J. Hughes, T. Mahmud, J. Inst. Energy, 71 (1998), 137 “Studies of Sulfur-Nitrogen Interactions in Turbulent Spray Flames”

W. Nimmo, E. Hampartsoumian, K.J. Hughes, A.S. Tomlin, Proc. Comb. Inst., 27 (1998) 1419 “Experimental and Kinetic Studies on the Effect of Sulfur-Nitrogen interactions on NO Formation in Flames”

J.F. Griffiths, K.J. Hughes, M. Schreiber, C. Poppe, Combust. Flame, 99 (1994) 533 “A Unified Approach to the Reduced Kinetic Modelling of Alkane Combustion”

D.M. Rowley, R. Lesclaux, P.D. Lightfoot, K. Hughes, M.D. Hurley, S. Rudy, T.J. Wallington, J. Phys. Chem., 96 (1992) 7043 “A Kinetic and Mechanistic Study of the Reaction of Neopentylperoxy Radicals with HO2”

K.J. Hughes, P.A. Halford-Maw, P.D. Lightfoot, T.Turanyi, M.J. Pilling, Proc. Comb. Inst., 23 (1992) 654 “Direct Measurements of the Neopentyl Peroxy-Hydroperoxy Radical Isomerisation over the Temperature Range 660-750K”

K.J. Hughes, A.R. Pereira, M.J. Pilling, Ber. Bunsenges. Phys. Chem., 96 (1992) 1352 “Direct Measurement of the Rate Constant for CH3 + OH Recombination at 290K”

K.J. Hughes, P.D. Lightfoot, M.J. Pilling, Chem. Phys. Lett., 191 (1992), 581 “Direct measurements of the peroxy-hydroperoxy radical isomerisation, a key step in hydrocarbon combustion”

V.K. Proudler, P. Cedarbalk, A. Horowitz, K.J. Hughes, M.J. Pilling, Phil. Trans R. Soc. Lond. A, 337 (1991) 211 “Oscillatory Ignitions and Cool Flames in the Oxidation of Butane in a Jet-Stirred Reactor”

K.J. Hughes, M.J. Pilling, Annual Reports C, 1988, 91 “The Kinetics of Elementary Reactions of Importance in Combustion and Pyrolysis”

I.M.T. Davidson, G. Eaton and K.J. Hughes, J. Organomet. Chem., 347 (1988) 17 “A Simple Technique for Gas Kinetic Studies in Organosilicon Chemistry”

I.M.T. Davidson, K.J. Hughes, S. Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Organometallics, 6 (1987) 646 “Kinetics of Pyrolysis of Some Alkenylsilanes”

I.M.T. Davidson, T.J. Barton, K.J. Hughes S. Ijadi-Maghsoodi, A. Revis, G.C. Paul, Organometallics, 6 (1987) 664 “Kinetics of Homolyses in Alkenyl- and tert-Butylsilanes. The Stability of alpha- and beta-Silicon Substituted Alkyl Radicals”

I.M.T. Davidson, K.J. Hughes, S. Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Organometallics, 6 (1987) 639 “Kinetics of the Formation of Silylenes from some Disilanes”

R. Damrauer, C.H. Depuy, I.M.T. Davidson, K.J. Hughes, Organometallics, 5 (1986) 2054 “Gas Phase Ion Chemistry of Dimethylsilylene”

R. Damrauer, C.H. Depuy, I.M.T. Davidson, K.J. Hughes, Organometallics, 5 (1986) 2050 “Gas Phase Ion Chemistry of Dimethylsilene”

T.J. Barton, A. Revis, I.M.T. Davidson, S. Ijadi-Maghsoodi, K.J. Hughes, M.S. Gordon, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 108 (1986) 4022 “Pyrolytic, Kinetic and Theoretical Studies on the Isomerisation of Me2HSiCH2 to Me3Si”

I.M.T. Davidson, K.J. Hughes, R.J. Scampton, J. Organomet. Chem., 272 (1984) 11 “Some Mechanistic Suggestions For Silylene to Silylene Interconversions.”