Aerospace Engineering researcher Dr. Alexis Bohlin received a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for his proposal ‘Multidimensional mapping of spatio-thermochemical states’. The research aims to develop innovative hyperspectral rapid imaging technologies with unprecedented simultaneous resolution in space, spectrum and time. One targeted area is gas turbine combustion, focusing on renewable clean combustion technology, with increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

Bohlin’s research aims to push forward new frontiers in optical coherent imaging: providing simultaneous space-, spectrum-, and time information. New multidimensional ultrafast diagnostic tools deliver powerful examinations of chemical composition and temperature-fields in gas-phase reacting- and culture media. The goal is to reach complete understanding and build predictive engineering models of non-conventional fuels (biofuels and H2) in aero propulsion systems.

Renewable clean combustion technology
The research focuses on renewable clean combustion technology, with increased fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. It involves gas turbine combustion, which has a major impact on the emissions from aviation and will play a pivotal role in achieving the ambitious Advisory Committee for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) goals. Cutting edge laser diagnostics are required in order to resolve and understand pollutant formation in specially designed experiments for advancing clean combustion technologies.

Dr. Alexis Bohlin

Other researchers involved

The research is embedded in the Aircraft Propulsion and Power Laboratory headed by Prof. Piero Colonna, being established within the Aerodynamics, Wind Energy, Flight Performance and Propulsion (AWEP) Department. The research contains interdisciplinary connections with five other senior researchers with different expertise’s distributed over three separate faculties at TU Delft: Dr. Arvind Gangoli Rao and Prof. Georg Eitelberg (AWEP), Prof. Dirk Roekaerts (Process and Energy), Prof. Luuk A.M. van der Wielen and Dr. Maria Cuellar Soares (Biotechnology).


Vidi is a funding instrument in the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). It allows researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research to develop their own innovative line of research, and to appoint one or more researchers for this. A funding round is held every year and the maximum grant is 800,000 euros.

More information

Read the press release by NWO here.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Dr. Alexis Bohlin.