The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 6, No. 1 - January 2021
Update from the President
In a little over one week, the combustion community will convene for the 38
th International Symposium on Combustion. This symposium will be truly unique. Not only did we have a record-breaking number of oral presentation submissions, but we have had to modify from an in-person meeting, to a hybrid, to an almost entirely virtual platform. The willingness to adapt and the dedication of our members and presenters has made this transformation much easier.

There is still time to register for the 38th International Hybrid Symposium on Combustion. Virtual attendees will be able to watch all symposium sessionsparticipate in question-and-answer sessions, view the work-in-progress posters, and view the live broadcast of the invited speakers and the presentation of awards.  Attendees will have access to the symposium materials for two-months following the symposium through a personalized and password protected portal.

While we wish we could meet in person, we are excited for this ground-breaking Combustion Symposium. The success of this meeting is a testament to the dedication and devotion of our combustion community. The Program Co-Chairs, Tim Lieuwen and Fei Qi, worked to create a balanced and quality technical program. The Local Host Team, chaired by Bassam Dally, has worked exhaustively in close coordination with the Office of the Combustion Institute in Pittsburgh to accommodate the ever-changing platform and schedule. The Invited Speakers and Session Chairs are going to participate via Zoom at hours far outside the normal range of a symposium. Finally, all of the symposium colloquium chairs, committee members and chairs, reviewers, editors, and participants have contributed to make the symposium a reality. While we are waiting for the Proceedings being fully published soon, I offer you my best wishes for the New Year.


~Philippe Dagaut

CI Announcements and Events

New Editorial Board Members: Combustion and Flame

We are pleased to announce the newest members appointed to the editorial board of C ombustion and Flame (CNF): 

  • Mara de Joannon, National Research Council, Naples, Italy
  • Edward Dreizin, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Fabien Halter, University of Orléans, Orléans, France

  • Simone Hochgreb, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  • Michael Mueller, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

  • Xiaoqing You, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

We are grateful for their willingness to serve and look forward to their advice and assistance as we continue the production of CNF.

CI Summer School Call for Proposals
Universities, Combustion Institute Sections, and other qualified organizations are encouraged to submit a proposal in accordance with the guidelines posted on The Combustion Institute website summer schools page. The deadline for proposals to host 2022 CI-SS programs is 31 May 2021. 

PROCI Publication Update

We are in the final stage of processing Volume 38 of the Proceedings of The Combustion Institute. The Editors, CI Office and Publisher have been working to create an exceptional journal of peer-reviewed scientific papers. Volumes and subscriptions will be available for purchase during the symposium. A link for purchasing will be provided in the near future.
Follow CI on Instagram and have your images featured on the CI account! Submissions are welcome at office@combustioninstitute.org. The photo to the left shows a scientist observing a laboratory scale fire whirl generated by a heptane pool fire enclosed in a glass enclosure open at the top and with gaps at each of the four enclosure corners. Collaborators: Francesco Restuccia, Nieves Fernandez-Anez, Guillermo Rein (Hazelab, Imperial College London). 

8th International Conference on Renewable Fuels, Combustion and Fire (FCE'21)

The main objective of FCE’21 is to provide an international scientific and technical forum for scientists and engineers who focus on studying renewable fuels, combustion and fire. the conference will be held at Faculty of Technology, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey in 5-7 March, 2021. Click here for more details.

10th European Combustion Meeting

he Italian Section of the Combustion Institute, under the auspices of the Federation of the European Sections of the Combustion Institute, cordially invites you to attend the 10th European Combustion Meeting (ECM 2021), which will take place between April 13 and 16, 2021. Click here for more details.

International Symposium on Combustion

Symposium Update

Based on the current state of events, the symposium will be virtual for those who are not local to Adelaide. Registrants will receive login information to a web-based platform called Chime within the next week. You will use the Chime platform for all symposium needslisten to invited speakers, view presentations and work in progress e-posters, and participate in discussion. You will also have access to all symposium materials via Chime for two months following the conclusion of the symposium to alleviate any time zone inconvenience.

Make sure to visit the symposium website for updated information. Any specific questions regarding the Chime platform or any symposium specific topics can be addressed to conference@aomevents.com.

Symposium Registration

The registration portal will remain open up to and through the symposium. Registering for the symposium is the only way to access materials which include 13 invited speaker lectures, over 700 oral presentations, nearly 200 work-in-progress e-posters, and the recognition of awards and honors.

We recognize the hard work of the local host team and the Australia New Zealand Section. It is our hope that the CI community will honor the spirit of the symposium by supporting the local hosts and host section, and register for the event. Over 1,000 delegates have already registered to participate.


To register for the symposium, click here. Any questions concerning registration can be directed to office@combustioninsitute.org.

Program Update

An updated version of the 38th Symposium Technical Program is now available on the symposium website. This version includes additional details and a listing of the Work-in-Progress e-Posters.  We have also posted an overview of the schedule of events on the website to provide an outline for the week.

Recognition of Awards and Honors

One of the anticipated highlights of each symposium is the recognition of awards and honors. This year, due to the virtual nature of the symposium, the presentation of awards will be a little different.

The recognition ceremony will be broadcast live via the Chime platform on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 18:30. The ceremony will be replayed on Thursday, 28 January 2021 at 12:30. Please join us as we recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions and impacts upon combustion science.

Advancements in Combustion
Professor Kai Hong Luo Named FREng
Congratulation to CI member Kai Hong Luo who was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the postnominal FREng. The Academy's Fellowship represents the nation’s best engineering researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, business and industry leaders. Election to the Academy is by invitation only; about 50 Fellows are elected each year by peer review from nominations made by existing Fellows. Read more about Luo's achievements here.
Engineering professors selected as 2021 AIAA Associate Fellows
CI member Jacqueline O’Connor, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Gas Turbine Research, Education, and Outreach was chosen as a 2021 Associate Fellow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Read more about O'Connor's achievements here.
Could Carbon Dioxide Be Turned Into Jet Fuel?
A team at Oxford University in the United Kingdom has come up with an experimental process that might be able to turn carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas emitted by all gas-burning engines—into jet fuel. If successful, the process, which uses an iron-based chemical reaction, could result in “net zero” emissions from airplanes. Click here to learn more. 
Following the Firebands
Wildfires spread in a number of ways, and understanding how they do is particularly important for wildland-urban interface fires. CI members Sayaka Suzuki and Samuel L Manzello used a specialized experimental protocol to simulate fire spread through firebrands, the various-sized embers ejected during combustion. The authors found that changing wind speeds had an impact on new ignition from firebrands. Understanding the interplay between direct flame contact, thermal radiation, and firebrand character is important for better predicting wildfire spread. Read more Editor's Choice articles here
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