MIT Unit Affiliation:
Lab Affiliation(s):
Space Propulsion Lab
Post Doc Sponsor / Advisor:
Paulo Lozano
Areas of Expertise:
  • Electrospray Propulsion
  • Electric Space Propulsion
  • Miniaturized Propulsion
Date PhD Completed:
June, 2012
Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position:
August 1, 2017

David Krejci

  • Post Doctoral

MIT Unit Affiliation: 

  • Aeronautics and Astronautics

Lab Affiliation(s): 

Space Propulsion Lab

Post Doc Sponsor / Advisor: 

Paulo Lozano

Date PhD Completed: 

Jun, 2012

Top 3 Areas of Expertise: 

Electrospray Propulsion
Electric Space Propulsion
Miniaturized Propulsion

Personal Statement: 

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Space Propulsion Lab in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. My main areas of research are the characterization of MEMS electrospray thrusters, and design and assembly of flight propulsion hardware. Prior to MIT, I was working on both electrical and chemical propulsion systems in Austria, Europe. Throughout all projects I’ve been involved in, the main focus of my work was to develop novel propulsion systems for Nanosatellites.

Expected End Date of Post Doctoral Position: 

August 1, 2017


Research Projects: 

  • NASA MEP Electrospray propulsion system for Cubesats
  • Governemnt funded flight projects, testing electrospray thrusters

Thesis Title: 

Design of a Hydrogen Peroxide based Miniaturized Bipropellant Thruster

Thesis Abstract: 


Top 5 Awards and honors (name of award, date received): 

Max Kade Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014
ESA Summer Program Grant 2010
American-European Engineering Exchange Scholarship 2007

5 Recent Papers: 

Guerra-Garcia, C., Krejci, D., Lozano, P. (2016), "Spatial uniformity of the current emitted by an array of passively fed electrospray porous emitters," J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys., Vol. 49, No 11.

Krejci, D., Lozano, P., (2016), "Scalable Ionic Liquid Electrospray Thrusters for Nanosatellites,” AAS 16-124, Proceedings of the 39th Annual Guidance and Control Conference, Breckenridge, pp. 801-810.

Krejci, D., Mier Hicks, F., Fucetola, C., Lozano, P., Hsu Schouten, A., Martel, F., (2015), "Design and Characterization of a Scalable ion Electrospray Propulsion System," IEPC-2015-149, 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, Hyogo-Kobe, Japan, July 4-10.

Krejci, D., Schuh, S, Koopmans, R.-J., Scharlemann, C., (2014), "Impact of catalyst length and preheating on the transient behavior of H2O2 catalytic decomposition," Journal of Propulsion and Power, Vol 31, Iss. 3, pp. 985-989.

Selva, D., Krejci, K., (2012), "A survey and assessment of the capabilities of Cubesats for Earth observation," Acta Astronautica, Vol. 74, pp. 50-68.

Contact Information:
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