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Start you career at one of the SICEC centers

Being a PhD student at one of our competence centers will give you a flying start into the future. Thanks to the quality and relevance of the research in addition to the close collaboration with industry partners, our PhDs are able to choose their preferred carieer paths.

SICEC is a collaboration between three research centers  - each one focusing on different aspects of the internal combustion engine. What is your focus?


focuses on research regarding gas management in modern internal combustion engines for vehicles.

The aim of the research is to make engines more effective and environment-friendly thus to decrease fuel consumption without losing performance, lower emissions of hazardous substances and to control sound generation and attenuation in the engine gas handling system.

Gas management is defined as all handling of gases from the air inlet to the valves of the engine block, as well as the exhaust gases from the point where they leave the combustion chamber through the exhaust valves, and then all the way through the exhaust system.


CERC is based on the concept of linking scientific competencies that are found in several university departments (e.g. engine fundamentals, basic fluid mechanics, chemistry and fuels chemistry, controls, catalysis, numerical modeling and simulation, and advanced measurement techniques). These basic ingredients are then organized and focused to meet long-term research needs that are delineated within “industrial road maps”. The road maps are jointly developed by our industrial partners. 

 CERC research project organization is carried out in part by “reference groups”; working groups consisting of researchers from academia and industry who delve deeply into the issues and details together. Typical reference group areas would include Spark-Ignited Engines, Compression-Ignited Engines, Alternative Fuels, Diagnostics and Sprays, and so forth. The definitions of the reference groups can evolve over time, in response to new knowledge and research needs. The board of directors, together with CERC management, ensures that the overall research strategy is strongly academic while emphasizing future sustainable transport research needs. 

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Competence Center Combustion Processes (KCFP) at Lund University will, together with Chalmers and KTH, form the basis for a continued eight-year push to make combustion engines more efficient.

KCFP will focus on combustion processes between "conventional" HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) and the classical Otto and Diesel concepts. Partially Premixed Combustion (PPC) with the right level of premixed combustion is a very promising concept that KCFP pursues.