Background and activities

I have been a post doctor and researcher here at NTNU since 2015, working in the Department of Energy and Process Technology. I have recently moved to the Department for Marine Technology as a førsteamanuenisis (Associate Professor). My specialism is combustion in the internal combustion engine, and I have been working in this field since since 2012. I have particular interest in direct injection compression ignition and spray characterization and have worked on a number of experimental developments. I have recently become interested in the switch to ammonia as a primary fuel in engines, and the devilment of the new technologies and techniques this switch will require.

Area of work

  • Compression ignition engine experimentation
  • Optically accessible compression ignition environment design and development
  • Biofuels use in engine
  • Ammonia and other future fuels use in engines

Skills and experience

  • Engine testing
  • Optical combustion experimentation
  • Experiment design
  • Emulsification of Diesel fuel
  • Ammonia injection



  • Undergraduate BSc from Leeds University, Fuels and Combustion Science
  • PGCE Keel University, qualified teacher status
  • Masters at Queen Mary University of London, Renewable Energy Systems
  • PhD at Queen Mary University of London, Diesel emulsion sprays

Work Experience

  • Teacher of high school science at a number of UK schools
  • Post doctor and Researcher at NTNU, EPT.

Other Interests

  • Motorcycles
  • Fishing
  • Cooking

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Emberson, David; Bjørgen, Karl Oskar Pires; Løvås, Terese. (2017) Arctic Biodiesel Performance and PM Number Emissions. COMODIA 2017 . JSME; Okayama. 2017-07-25 - 2017-07-28.




  • Emberson, David. (2014) Natural gas fuelled compression ignition engine performance and emissions maps with diesel and RME pilot fuels. Applied Thermal Engineering. vol. 67.