Mission Areas


Research Topics

  • Advanced materials
  • Biodevices
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Engines and fuels
  • Nanotechnology

The Ratner Research Group conducts research in droplet combustion, droplet splashing, combustion instability, settling characteristics of nanofluid/nanofuel, biomass combustion, and medical devices.

The team contributes to optimizing the efficiency of fuel combustion in terms of cost, emissions, consumer safety, and transportation safety. The lab focuses on process and performance analysis, as well as the optimization of biomass as a renewable energy source.



Albert Ratner

Albert Ratner, PhD

Director, Ratner Research Group
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


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