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Sili Deng

Contact Info

room 3-336

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139


  • 2010

    Tsinghua University

  • 2012

    Princeton University

  • 2016

    Princeton University


Research Interests

  • Physics-informed data-driven modeling of reacting flows: uncertainty quantification, optimization, and reduced-order modeling
  • Energy conversion: high-efficiency low-emission engines, carbon-neutral energetic materials, photoelectrochemical devices
  • Flame synthesis: flame-based/flameless synthesis of nanomaterials for sensing, solar cell, and photoelectrochemical devices
  • Combustion: chemical kinetics, flame dynamics and combustion instability, pollutant formation and reduction
  • Multiphase chemically reacting flows: experimentation and computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

Honors + Awards

  • Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 2022
  • Bernard Lewis Fellowship, Combustion Institute, 2016
  • Gordon Wu Prize for Excellence, Princeton University, 2014
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Princeton Univerisity, 2014
  • Princeton Energy and Climate Scholarship,  Princeton University, 2013
  • Princeton University Graduate Fellowship, Princeton University, 2010
  • Best Bachelor Thesis Award, Tsinghua University, 2010



  • Combustion Institute
  • American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics
  • Materials Research Society