Kae Foo

Dr Kae Foo

Postdoctoral Researcher

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


Dr Kae Ken Foo is a Research Associate in the School of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Adelaide. He completed his Ph.D. in 2019 and Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace) with first-class honours in 2014. His Ph.D. research studied the soot evolution in reacting flows that were coupled with acoustic fields. The unique configuration allowed the soot evolution to be examined in a well-controlled time-resolved manner. The study involved multiple laser-based diagnostic techniques, such as Two-Line Atomic Fluorescence thermometry (TLAF), Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Incandescence (TiRe-LII) for soot characterisation, Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF), and Particle Imaging velocimetry (PIV).

Soon after completing his Ph.D., Dr Foo was recruited by the University of Lille (l'Université de Lille) as a Research Associate in 2019 and 2020. During his time in France, Dr Foo has deepened his understanding of spectroscopy via mastering techniques like multi-line NO-LIF and Two-photon Absorption Laser-Induced Fluorescence (TALIF).

After spending a year and a half in France, Dr Foo has again joined the combustion group at The University of Adelaide. His research is now focused on the combustion of alternative fuels, such as hydrogen and ammonia.

Evolution of soot particles in flames

Laser diagnostic techniques

  • Two-line Atomic Fluorescence thermometry using indium and gallium
  • Time-resolved Laser-Induced Incandescence (TiRe-LII) for soot sizing and quantifying soot volume fraction
  • Planar Laser-Induced Fluorescence (PLIF)
  • Two-photon Absorption Laser-Induced Fluorescence
  • Multi-line Laser-Induced Fluorescence of nitric oxide (NO)
  • Particle Imaging Velocimetry

Image and signal processing 

Thermo NO-LIF is a MATLAB-based software developed to simulate NO-LIF spectra, especially for the purpose of determine temperature by comparing the experimental spectra to the simulated ones.

Screenshot of thermo NO-LIF
Screenshot of Thermo NO-LIF

The software requires MATLAB Runtime R2017a (v9.2 or above) to be used.

Downloading and using Thermo-NOLIF is free. If you use this tool, please cite:

K.K Foo, N. Lamoureux, A. Cessou, C. Lacour, P. Desgroux, "The accuracy and precision of multi-line NO-LIF thermometry in a wide range of pressures and temperatures", J.Quant. Spectro. Radiat. Trans, vol 255 107257 (2020)

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2020 Postdoctoral researcher The University of Adelaide
    2019 - 2020 Postdoctoral researcher L' Université de Lille
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Cantonese) Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    French Can read
    Malay Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2018 The University of Adelaide Australia Phd
    2010 - 2013 The University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Phone: 83132307
  • Email: kae.foo@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 3
  • Room: 3 24h
  • Org Unit: School of Mechanical Engineering

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