Perrine Pepiot

Perrine Pepiot

DGS for Aerospace Engineering
Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Upson Hall, Room 309
Associate Professor


Prior to joining the Cornell faculty in 2011, Dr. Pepiot was a research scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, developing chemical and multi-phase flow models to investigate biomass gasification in fluidized bed reactors for ethanol production. Dr. Pepiot has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and a M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'Espace (Supaero) in Toulouse, France.

Research Interests

Dr. Pepiot is interested in the production and utilization of renewable liquid transportation fuels from a modeling perspective. Her current work aims at gaining a better understanding of the biomass thermochemical conversion processes such as pyrolysis and gasification through the use of detailed multi-scale numerical techniques. Dr. Pepiot is also interested in the development of automatic tools to reduce the complexity of large chemical mechanisms and generate low-order kinetic models for conventional and bio-fuels combustion.

Selected Publications

  • Xu, Y., I. Keresztes, A M. Condo, D. Phillips, P. Pepiot, C T Avedisian. 2016."Droplet combustion characteristics of algae-derived renewable diesel, conventional #2 diesel, and their mixtures." Fuel 167: 295-305.
  • Narayanaswamy, K., H. Pitsch, P Pepiot. 2016. "A component library framework for deriving kinetic mechanisms for multi-component fuel surrogates: Application for jet fuel surrogates." Combustion and Flame.
  • Liang, Y., S B. Pope, P Pepiot. 2015. "A pre-partitioned adaptive chemistry methodology for the efficient implementation of combustion chemistry in particle PDF methods." Combustion and Flame 162 (9): 3236-3253.
  • Mehta, M., R O. Fox, P Pepiot. 2015. "Reduced Chemical Kinetics for the Modeling of TiO2 Nanoparticle Synthesis in Flame Reactors." Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 54 (20): 5407-5415.
  • Gruselle, C., V. Moureau, G. Lartigue, Perrine Pepiot, Y. D. Angelo, F. Ravet. 2015. "Flame kernel expansion modeling in a stratied mixture. part 2: turbulent case." Combustion Theory and Modelling.

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Selected Awards and Honors

  • Dennis G. Shepherd Teaching Award (Cornell University, College of Engineering) 2020
  • NSF Career Award from the Divison of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems (CBET) 2018
  • John Swanson '61 ME in honor of his mother, Dorothy G. Swanson Excellence in Teaching Award (Cornell University, NY) 2014
  • James M. and Marsh D. McCormick Award for Excellence in Advising (Cornell University) 2013
  • Prandtl Award for Excellence in Aerodynamics (SUPAERO-ENSAE, Toulouse, France) 2001


  • M.S. (Aerospace Engineering), SUPAERO-ENSAE, 2004
  • M.S. (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 2004
  • Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering), Stanford University, 2008


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