The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 8, No. 1 - January 2023
Update from the CI Office

Happy New Year from The Combustion Institute

As we start 2023, we wish you a healthy and prosperous new year! We are excited for this new year as it holds the promise of more in-person events, as well as continued progress and growth. Many events have already taken place, with even more scheduled (Read on for details!). If you have any news of achievements, meetings, or upcoming events, please let us know.

Meet the Newest Members of the CI Office Team

We are thrilled to introduce you to the newer members of our staff. Amy, Draven, and Deanna are incredible additions to the team and bring the level of commitment and attention warranted by the CI members and community.

-Renny Tassari
Executive Administrator
Deanna Spillar, Organizational Services Coordinator
Deanna comes to the CI from Premier Medical Associates, a multi-specialty physician group, where she was an Operations Manager. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and believes that her education combined with her experience will serve her well in her new position. Deanna has an excellent work ethic, dedication to her company and her coworkers, and a desire to learn and grow. She is excited for her new opportunity with The Combustion Institute.
Draven Marino, Communications & Website Facilitator
Draven, a recipient of a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Robert Morris University in spring 2022, prides himself on his adaptability, desire to learn, and writing ability. This is Draven’s first post-graduation position, and so far, he has had nothing but positive experiences working with the rest of the office’s team on a variety of challenging projects.
Amy Weiss, Financial Administrator
Amy comes to us with over 25 years of financial administrative experience. Her responsibilities include all aspects of financial and accounting reporting.  She is looking forward to working with all the CI members and bringing her strong work ethic and problem-solving skills to a growing organization.  
CI Announcements and Events
New FREE Resource Available to Active CI Members
The Combustion Institute is excited to announce a new resource for active CI members: FREE access to a premium Zoom account with the capability to host unrestricted virtual meetings and webinars! (To become a member, you can register via the CI website.)

To request use of the Zoom account, complete and return the “Information required for use of CI Zoom account" form to (The form can be accessed here.) More information about the procedure and guidelines will be provided upon inquiry and can be accessed on the "Resources" page of the CI website.

New Editorial Board Members: Combustion and Flame
We are pleased to announce the newest members of the editorial board of Combustion and Flame (CNF): 
  • Kareem Ahmed, University of Central Florida, United States
  • James R. Dawson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Bénedetta Franzelli, Laboratoire EM2C, Université Paris-Saclay, CNRS, CentraleSupélec, France 
  • Jacqueline O'Connor, Pennsylvania State University, United States
  • Antonio Sancheze, University of California, San Diego, United States
  • Shenqyang (Steven) Shy, National Central University, Chinese Taipei
We are grateful for their willingness to serve and look forward to their contributions and advice as we continue the publication of CNF.
6th International Flame Chemistry Workshop

The 6th International Flame Chemistry Workshop was held virtually 15-19 August 2022. This biennial workshop series brings together experts in gas-phase chemical kinetics. Almost 150 colleagues from Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Americas registered, which was a record for this workshop. A wide range of topics were discussed, which included low-temperature oxidation chemistry, theory and uncertainty in mechanism development, formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and soot, flame synthesis, nitrogen chemistry, and multi-physics phenomena (i.e., plasma-assisted combustion, battery thermal runaways, biomass reforming, etc.). To promote inclusion, early career researchers were given the opportunities to present.


The workshop consisted of 30 invited and contributed talks, plus plenty of time for discussions. Thank you to Dr. Nils Hansen for providing this summary of the event, and to the organizers for their hard work on the workshop.

2nd Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School (APCISS-2)

The 2nd Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School (APCISS-2) on Fundamental Combustion Problems in Outdoor Fires, hosted by the Chilean Section of The Combustion Institute, took place in Valparaiso and Vina del Mar, Chile, from 4-9 December 2022. 

The school brought together participants from over 15 different countries and included topics relevant to wildland fires, such as Introduction to Fundamental Combustion Challenges, Fire Dynamics, Non-Homogeneous Gas-Solid Interactions, Combustion Chemistry, Radiative Heat Transfer, Soot Production, Experimental Insight into Flames, Wildland Fire Dynamics, Fire Risk Management at the WUI, and Flammability Testing. In addition to the lectures, there were two workshop sessions focused on experimentation and fire modeling, and a poster session. For more information, read here.
Attendees of the 2nd Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School.
12th Mediterranean Symposium on Combustion
This symposium, held 23-26 January 2023 in Luxor, Egypt, was the twelfth in a series on combustion and related topics. The symposium brought together combustion scientists, particularly engineers and students from the Mediterranean area, to facilitate the dissemination of state-of-the-art advances in combustion research and to enhance future collaborative research activities. You can read more about the event on The Combustion Institute's website.
13th United States National Combustion Meeting
The 13th U.S. National Combustion Meeting will convene on the campus of Texas A&M University from 20-22 March 2023. The Central States Section of the CI will host the 13th meeting, which has been organized biennially since 1999 by the joint US Sections of The Combustion Institute (the Western States Section, the Eastern States Section, and the Central States Section). More information is available here.
CFD for Combustion Safety
The objective of the CFD for Combustion Safety meeting, to be held on 21 March 2023 in Toulouse, France, is to gather experts in the field of simulations of safety scenarios associated to combustion (fires, explosions, flame-wall interactions, inhibition, etc.). This event will allow them to exchange information and build collaborations on the fundamentals of combustion safety.
4th International Workshop on Oxy-Fuel Combustion
This event will focus on combustion of solid fuels in air and CO2/O2-atmosphere. It will address researchers in industry, universities, and research centers concerned with solid fuel combustion and heat transfer processes. This workshop will be held in Napoli, Italy from 22-23 March 2023. More information can be found here.
15th International Conference on Combustion Technologies for a Clean Environment (Clean Air 2023)
Clean Air 2023 will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, from 25 to 29 June 2023. The deadline to submit extended abstracts is 31 January 2023, with more information about the event available on the Clean Air 2023 website.
International Symposium on Combustion

Update on the 40th International Symposium

The Program Co-Chairs for the 40th Symposium, Bassam Dally and José L. Torero are working diligently in their planning of the symposium. Their dedication and commitment to the symposium and the combustion community will translate into an excellent technical program for attendees. The CI’s 40th International Symposium will take place 21-26 July 2024 in Milan, Italy.

Proceedings of The Combustion Institute (PROCI) Update
The production of PROCI Volume 39 is rapidly progressing. As of this time, 532 papers appear online. Print production of the journal will follow soon. If you wish to order a copy or online access, please contact
Authors, if you have any questions about your paper or have not communicated the need for color figures, please contact the CI office immediately.
Distinguished Papers Selected
The Distinguished Papers from the 39th Symposium in Vancouver have been selected. Free online access to these papers will be made available on Science Direct through the end of 2023. We thank Elsevier for supporting the promotion of these featured papers. To view the video presentations of these papers, please visit the presentations and videos page on the CI website.
The Silver Medal Award selection committee now has the challenging task of reviewing these papers and selecting a Silver Medal awardee. The announcement of the Silver Medal Award will be made at the 40th Symposium in Milan, Italy in 2024. 
Advancements in Combustion
CI Members in Print
Dr. Sukesh Roy and Dr. Adam Steinberg served as editors on the recent publication of Optical Diagnostics for Reacting and Non-Reacting Flows: Theory and Practice. The book contains 18 chapters written by nearly 50 members of the combustion community.
Dr. Nedunchezhian Swaminathan and Dr. Alessandro Parente, current Chairs of their respective CI Sections, served as editors for the recently released Machine Learning and Its Application to Reacting Flows. This book "contains the latest developments in machine learning methods (ML) for reacting flow application."
Dr. Jacqueline O'Connor and Dr. Tim Lieuwen both contributed to the recently-released book, Renewable Fuels: Sources, Conversion, and Utilization . This publication explores how these fuels are manufactured, utilized, and their real-world applications and features many contributors.
Dr. Aamir Farooq Appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
Dr. Aamir Farooq was recently named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry for contributions to chemical kinetics research. Congratulations Dr. Farooq!
Dr. Henry Curran Named a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher
Congratulations to Dr. Henry Curran, a member of the CI Board of Directors, on being named a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher for the 9th consecutive year!
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In Memoriam
The Combustion Institute honors the accomplishments of the late scientific leaders who have made significant contributions for the advancement of many diverse communities around the world. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Norman Chigier and Dr. Robert F. Sawyer.
Dr. Norman Chigier passed away on 22 August 2022.
Dr. Robert F. Sawyer passed away on 17 November 2022.
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