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Transport of goods and people with zero environmental impact can be realized by development of high efficient internal combustion engines, running on sustainable fuels combined with high efficient aftertreatment systems.

Research profile

Xander Seykens is a part-time assistant professor with the research group Multiphase & Reactive Flows at the department of Mechanical Engineering. The group focuses on clean and efficient combustion and process technology, to cater for fast-growing sustainable energy demands. This entails optimizing combustion and aftertreatment devices, in combination with different fuel formulations to minimize undesired emissions and maximize thermal efficiency 

Academic background

Xander Seykens studied Mechanical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) where he received his Master’s degree in 2003 with the distinction cum laude. In 2004 he started his PhD research in the Combustion Technology group on 'Development and validation of a phenomenological diesel engine combustion model'. The project was partly sponsored and conducted in close cooperation with TNO Automotive in Helmond. As of January 2009, Xander Seykens is working as a senior research scientist at TNO. In 2016, he was appointed as a part-time assistant professor at TU/e with the research group Multiphase & Reactive Flows (department of Mechanical Engineering).

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Research Output

CO2 neutral heavy-duty engine concept with RCCI combustion using seaweed-based fuels

Seykens, X., Bekdemir, C., Han, J., Willems, R. & Van Hal, J., 14 Apr 2020, In : SAE Technical Papers. 2020, April, 13 p., 2020-01-0808.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articleAcademicpeer-review

  • Experimental validation of a virtual engine-out NOx sensor for diesel emission control

    Mentink, P. R., Escobar Valdivieso, D., Forrai, A., Seykens, X. & Willems, F., 1 Dec 2019, In : International Journal of Engine Research. 20, 10, p. 1037-1046 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Integrated emission management strategy for optimal real-world performance

    Mentink, P., Seykens, X., D'Aniello, F. & Willems, F., 6 Jun 2019, 2019 Symposium for Combustion Control.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

    An OBD strategy to estimate SCR ageing and detect urea injection faults

    Mora, J., Willems, F., Seykens, X. & Guardiola, C., 1 Jan 2018, In : IFAC-PapersOnLine. 51, 31, p. 369-376 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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  • Robust real-world emissions by integrated ADF and powertrain control development

    Willems, F. P. T., van Gompel, P., Seykens, X. L. J. & Wilkins, S., 2018, Control strategies for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving functions : development, testing and verification. Waschl, H., Kolmanovsky, I. & Willems, F. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 29-45 17 p. (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences; vol. 476).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition
    • 1 Conference

    39th Benelux Meeting on Systems and Control

    Prasoon Garg (Participant), Xander L.J. Seykens (Contributor), Paul Mentink (Contributor), Frank P.T. Willems (Contributor)
    12 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Pre-symposium tutorial Modeling and Control of Diesel Aftertreatment Systems

    Frank Willems (Contributor), X.L.J. Seykens (Contributor)
    18 Jun 201619 Jun 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    LIU-TU/e course Modeling and Control of Aftertreatment Systems

    Frank Willems (Contributor), X.L.J. Seykens (Contributor)
    23 Mar 201525 Mar 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific


    Chemically reacting flows

    1/09/13 → …


    Clean Engines and Future Fuels

    1/09/15 → …


    Student theses

    Ontwerpen, testen en modelleren van prototype Common Rail injectiesysteem

    Author: Seykens, X., 31 Aug 2003

    Supervisor: Baert, R. (Supervisor 1), Somers, L. (Supervisor 2) & de Boer, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Structure sensitivity of Ni nanoparticles in CO2 hydrogenation

    Author: Coppens, D., 30 Oct 2019

    Supervisor: Hensen, E. J. (Supervisor 1), Filot, I. A. (Supervisor 2), Seykens, X. L. (Supervisor 2) & van Etten, M. P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    System identification and multi-pulse fuelling controller design for CYCLOPS engine

    Author: Liu, Y., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Willems, F. (Supervisor 1) & Seykens, X. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master