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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.

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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 2004 2019

  • 154 Citations
  • 12 Conference contribution
  • 9 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Phd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)
1 Citation (Scopus)

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

Emission control
Engine cylinders
Frequency response

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

Open Access
Aging of materials
Extended Kalman filters
State estimation
2 Downloads (Pure)

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 (Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences; vol. 476).

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

Energy dissipation
Energy utilization
Aging of materials

Model-based control development for future Diesel engines

Hommen, G., Ramachandran, S. N., Ramesh, S., Feru, E., Seykens, X. L. J. & Willems, F. P. T., 2017, In : Automobile Technology. 9, p. 7-19

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Diesel engines
Control systems

Activities 2015 2016

  • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

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