The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 8, No. 3 - July 2023
Update from the CI Office

Greetings from Pittsburgh! July brings us to the 1-year mark until the CI’s 40th International Symposium in Milan! The Technical Program Co-Chairs have assembled stellar teams to assist with the planning of the technical program content. The Local Team will be hosting a site visit in Milan later this month. During the visit, various venues will be visited, and decisions will be made regarding the social events at the symposium. As details are confirmed, information will be posted on the Symposium website. More information and updates are available in the ISOC section of this newsletter.


Elsewhere, CI-Summer Schools are in full swing and experiencing tremendous success. Highlights from recent CI-Summer Schools and other events can be found in the CI Announcements section of the newsletter. For more information about past summer schools or the program, please visit the Combustion Institute-Summer School page on the CI website. Lecture notes from these previous programs, as well as other valuable information can be found in the Educational Materials section of the CI website.


Finally, we have begun our 13-part series featuring the Distinguished Paper awardees from the 39th International Symposium on Combustion. The highlight articles appear on the CI website's news section and are highlighted in the newsletter after their post date. From these 13 distinguished works, one will be chosen to receive the Silver Medal Combustion Award, representing the best of the materials presented at the 39th symposium. Congratulations to all the authors. 

CI Announcements 

Including calls for papers and nominations, CI awards, highlights of past events, and more

UCI CI-SS Accepted Applicant Registration

All accepted 2023 UCI CI-SS applicants must complete registration through the UCI CI-SS Accepted Applicant Registration portal, located here.

Call for Nominations: 2024 Fellows of The Combustion Institute

The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations has been released for the 2024 Fellows of The Combustion Institute. Nominations are due at 23:59 EDT on 30 September 2023.

Submissions Open for the 2023 Fall Technical Meeting of the WSSCI

Submissions and registration are now open for the 2023 Fall Technical Meeting of the WSSCI. Submissions are due on 14 August, with Early Registration rates available through 7 September. Read more here.

19th International Conference on Numerical Combustion (ICNC)

The 19th ICNC meeting, to be held in Kyoto, Japan from 7-10 May 2024, has officially opened mini-symposia submissions. Proposals are being accepted through 11 August, with notifications of acceptance to be sent by 8 September. More information can be found here.

Highlights from the 13th U.S. National Combustion Meeting

The 13th U.S. National Combustion Meeting was held from 19-22 March 2023 on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, and welcomed over 400 attendees. Check out the highlights here.

2023 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Multi-Physics Phenomena Colloquium

Congratulations to Simon Rihm, Jethro Akroyd, and Markus Kraft for winning the DPA in the Multi-Physics Phenomena colloquium. In their paper, "Modelling a detailed kinetic mechanism for electrocatalytic reduction of CO₂,” Rihm, Akroyd, and Kraft were inspired by the need to combat global warming by tackling two of the most important challenges: carbon utilization and efficient energy storage. Read more about their study here.

2023 DPA in the Gas-Phase Reaction Kinetics Colloquium

Congratulations to Luna Pratali Maffei, Matteo Pelucchi, Tiziano Faravelli, and Carlo Cavallotti for winning the DPA in the Gas-Phase Reaction Kinetics colloquium. When asked why they chose to conduct the research in their paper,"Theoretical kinetics of HO + C₅H₅: A missing piece in cyclopentadienyl radical oxidation reactions," Luna Pratali Maffei, representing her group, said that they focused on gas-phase precursors of soot. Read more about their study here.

CI Events

Assembling a list of upcoming CI and CI-affiliated events

29th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (ICDERS)

The 29th ICDERS meeting, hosted by Republic of Korea Section of the CI, will be held 23-28 July in South Korea. The colloquium has been among the premier international forums for the presentation of scientific contributions in the fields of explosions and unsteady combustion. Read more here.

UCI Combustion Institute-Summer School (CI-SS) 2023: "Experimental Combustion: Past, Present, & Future"

The 2023 UCI CI-SS, hosted by the University of California, Irvine, will be held 20-25 August in Irvine, California. This event provides the opportunity for graduate students to network with peers in the same research area, and to learn from faculty, researchers and experienced scientists via conversations, course lecturers, hands-on experiments, poster sessions and mixers. Read more here.

Symposium on Thermoacoustics in Combustion (SoTiC): Industry Meets Academia

To be held 11-14 September in Zürich, Switzerland, anticipated benefits include discussions on and exchanges of practical experiences, experimental and analytical methods, physical interpretations, and future visions in the field of combustion dynamics. Read more here.

31st German Flame Day for Sustainable Combustion

To be hosted by the German Section of the CI in Berlin, Germany from 27-28 September, this event focuses on the use of sustainable fuels and the major role they play in energy transition. This event serves as the exchange between science and industry, and between fundamentals and application. Read more here.

10th International Seminar on Flame Structure (10ISFS)

The objective of the 10ISFS, to be held 9-10 October in Novosibirsk, Russia, is to provide a representative international forum to discuss the state-of-the-art achievements and prospects in the experimental and numerical study of the structure of laminar and turbulent flames, the speed and limits of their propagation, as well as the fundamental and applied aspects of this scientific direction. Read more here.

2023 Fall Technical Meeting of the Western States Section of The Combustion Institute

The 2023 Fall Technical Meeting of the WSSCI will be held 16-17 October 2023 at the California State University, Northridge, in Northridge, California. Abstract submissions are being accepted through 14 August. More information is available here.

International Symposium on Combustion

Providing updates about the upcoming International Symposium on Combustion

Call for Papers: 40th International Symposium on Combustion

ThCall for Papers for the 40th International Symposium on Combustion has been released. Program Co-Chairs (PCCs) Bassam Dally (KAUST) and José L. Torero (University College London) have defined the paper submission process and colloquium categories, both of which contain some new features. Among the changes is the separation of submissions into two different presentation formats at the Symposium. The thirteen colloquia have also been modified and organized into four themes. Read more about these changes here.

Invited Speakers

The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the Invited Speakers for the 40th International Symposium. Throughout symposium week, experts in their respective fields will give plenary lectures and topical reviews on a variety of combustion science topics. A list of the featured speakers can be found here. A full list of titles and topics will be announced in the coming months.

Evaluation Teams Being Assembled

The PCCs have worked diligently to assemble experienced and dedicated teams to serve on the Initial Review Committee and the Colloquium Teams. The Initial Review Team will be asked to review all symposium submissions and make a recommendation of either reject or the fitting presentation format (oral presentation “OPP” or poster presentation “PPP”). Under the guidance of the Coordinators, the Colloquium Co-Chairs will seek at least three reviews for each submission and then recommend submissions for presentation at the symposium. A complete listing of these evaluation teams will be made available on the symposium website.

Reviewers Sought for 40th ISOC

Many of you have already received and responded to the request to serve as a reviewer for the CI’s 40th International Symposium. We anticipate needing over 4000 reviews during a limited period of time, therefore we encourage you to serve in this critical role. For more information or to register as a reviewer, click here.

Editorial Manager Account Update Instructions
As we begin preparations for paper submission for the next Symposium, we want to ensure that all users have up to date information in Elsevier’s Editorial Manager (EM). As such, we ask that you take a moment to check and make sure your account in EM is correct. If you need to make updates, or create a new account, please follow these instructions.

Call for Site Bids for 42nd Symposium

Site proposals for the 42nd International Symposium on Combustion are still being collected through 31 January 2024. We encourage all Section Leaders and CI members to submit site proposals in accordance with the defined guidelines. More information can be found on the Resources page of the CI website. Questions regarding the procedure can be directed to

Combustion News

Highlighting combustion resources and the accomplishments of CI members

Endowment Established in Honor of Dunn-Rankin
Combustion Institute Treasurer, Prof. Derek Dunn-Rankin, recently retired after serving 35 years as a professor at the University of California, Irvine. Through fundraising as well as the direct monetary support of Prof. Dunn-Rankin and his wife, Katherine Martin, The Derek Dunn-Rankin & Katherine Martin Excellence in Engineering Education Endowment was established. This endowment will support the school’s priority in encouraging excellence and emphasizing inclusiveness in engineering education.

De Goey Receives Second ERC Grant for Metal Fuel Research

CI members continue to make an impact in innovative combustion research, including Prof. Philip de Goey, who recently received a grant from the European Research Council for research into metal fuel. De Goey is "one of the founders of the concept of using iron as a medium for large-scale long-term storage of sustainable energy."

Hasse Delivers Trio of Lectures as Part of Clean Circles Project

The Clean Circles project teams up scientists from multiple research areas "to explore how metal and its oxides can be used in a cycle as carbon-free chemical energy carrier to store wind and solar power." As part of this initiative, Prof. Christian Hasse gave three lectures at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics on solid fuel combustion (including metals) and soot.

Manzello Published in Journal on Fire Protection Engineering

As the Canadian wildfires continue to rage, it is essential that research presses on in the field of fire protection and safety. CI member Samuel Manzello recently had his work in this area published in Fire Protection Engineering. Read "The Next Frontier for Fire Safety Science: Science-Based Large Outdoor Fire Testing Standards and Codes" here.

New International Fires Safety Consortium (IFSC) Webinar Series Now Accessible

The IFSC Wildland Fires Webinar Series combines the expertise of fire scientists, fire safety engineers, fire ecologists, and more to produce a series of educational webinars focused on understanding and responding to the challenges presented by fires. CI member Arnaud Trouvé serves as the Education Opportunities contact for the IFSC, and has shared the free and open access to the IFSC Video Webinar Series on Wildland Fires with us. For more information, read here.

Lieuwen Appointed Interim Chair of GT School of Aerospace Engineering

Effective 1 August, Prof. Tim Lieuwen, an "international authority on clean energy and propulsion," will serve as interim chair of Georgia Tech’s Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering. Read more here.

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