The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 6, No. 2 - April 2021
Update from the CI Office
Successful Symposium
The 38th International Symposium on Combustion was hosted by the Australia New Zealand (ANZ) Section from 24-29 January 2021. Chaired by Local Host, Bassam Dally, and ANZ Section Chair, Assaad Masri, this was the first ever virtual edition of the Symposium on Combustion.

Over 1300 registrants viewed 700+ pre-recorded presentations and live broadcasts of the invited speakers via the online platform, Chime. Members responded positively to the format and content. We thank all of you who contributed and participated to make the 38th Symposium a ground-breaking success.

Update from the Executive Administrator
The progression of the coronavirus has had an impact on all of us. Many of our plans for travel, work, and meetings have transitioned into remote, hybrid, and virutal events. While we regret not being able to be together in Adelaide, we are proud of the combustion community for the level of support they provided to the Adelaide team.

Hopefully, we get the chance to meet in person in Vancouver. In the meantime, the combustion community continues to be active and thriving. Keep reading to learn about upcoming combustion community events and achievements. Be sure to visit the CI website for continued updates, including the most recently approved Board meeting minutes and the newly added recordings of Invited Speakers from the 38th Symposium.

Congratulations to our recently elected Fellows and the Tsuji award winner. We encourage you to continue to support your colleagues by promoting and participating in their events. 
With wishes for health and well-being,
~ Renny Tassari, Executive Administrator
CI Announcements and Events
2021 Class of Fellows
The 2021 Fellows of The Combustion Institute have been named. The selection committee elected 32 exceptional honorees. As dedicated members of the international combustion community, each Fellow has made outstanding contributions to the discipline of combustion science in research or in application.
2021 Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award
The Combustion Institute and Elsevier, with the assistance of an award committee, have selected the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award winner. This year’s recipient is Michael P. Burke. Read more about the Tsuji Award here.
CI Summer School Call for Proposals
We encourage universities, Combustion Institute Sections, and other qualified organizations to submit a proposal for the CI Summer School Program! Guidelines for submitting a proposal can be found on the CI website summer schools page. The deadline for proposals to host 2022 CI-SS programs is 31 May 2021.
PROCI Publication Update
The long awaited Volume 38 of The Proceedings of The Combustion Instititute is now complete. Many thanks to everyone for your patience. Special thanks to the Editorial Board; Editors, Dan Haworth and Terese Løvås; Elsevier Publisher, Kathleen Ahamed-Broadhurst and Journal Manager, Emma Pendle. Congratulations to the authors who contributed to the Volume.
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 inside 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). 

10th Virtual European Combustion Meeting

The 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 13-16 April 2021. Click here for more details.

13th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science

The dates of the 13th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science will be 26-30 April 2021, with workshops to be held on 24 and 25 April at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Click here for more details. 

12th U.S. National Combustion Meeting

The 12th U.S. National Combustion Meeting will be held virtually, with Texas A&M and the CSSCI serving as hosts. We expect more than 600 students, scientists, and engineers at this virtual meeting, representing the leading edge of combustion research in the United States. The technical program will begin on Monday morning, 24 May and will end mid-day on Wednesday, 26 May. Click here for more details. 

CI-SS on Near-Wall Reactive Flows

The International Combustion Institute Summer School on Near-Wall Reactive Flows, hosted by Technische Universität Darmstadt, will be held from 7-10 June 2021 as a virtual event. Click here for more details. 

2021 Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion

The 2021 Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion is tentatively planned for 20-25 June 2021 and will be held online. The Summer School is open to all research scientists and advanced graduate students in the field of combustion science and engineering. Click here for more details.

2021 Tsinghua-Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School

The Tsinghua-Princeton-CI Summer School on Combustion is an annual master course event on combustion held by the Center for Combustion Energy (CCE). Since its first session in 2012, it has become one of the most reputable summer schools in the combustion field in the Asian-Pacific areas. It will be held from 11-17 July 2021. Click here for more details. 

Thematic Session on Combustion and Flames at the 25th ICTAM Meeting

Milano will have the privilege of hosting the 25th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (25th ICTAM) from 22-27 August 2021. This edition will follow the 24th ICTAM held in Montreal in August 2016. Click here for more details.

International Symposium on Combustion
Save the Date
The 39th International Symposium on Combustion will convene in Vancouver, Canada from Sunday, 24 July through Friday, 29 July 2022. The local host team, chaired by W. Kendal Bushe is hard at work planning a week filled with exciting events. The biennial symposium provides a scientific venue for sharing ideas and experiences on the development and applications of combustion science. Please continue to monitor the CI website for updates.
Call for Papers
The Program Co-Chairs for the 39th Symposium, Bénédicte Cuenot and Nils Hansen, have been working hard to update and define the colloquia for the next symposium. The Call for Papers will soon be released with the colloquia updates and important information. You will notice some new descriptions and changes. Please be on the lookout for announcements on the CI website and in your emails.
International Symposium Invited Speakers
The Program Co-Chairs are in the process of finalizing the selection of the invited speakers for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion. Throughout symposium week, experts in their respective fields will deliver plenary lectures and topical reviews on advancements in combustion science. The symposium will open with the Hottel Lecture given by Marcus Aldén. A full list of the invited speakers and their topics will be available soon.
Advancements in Combustion
Giving oxygen to the question of air quality
The simplest of organic molecules have a much more complex relationship with oxygen than previously thought. Researchers from KAUST and their international collaborators have shown that alkanes participate extensively in autoxidation reactions with oxygen molecules. The discovery, which overturns current chemical wisdom, has implications for air quality prediction and efficient fuel combustion in engines. Read the full article here.
Oxidation processes in combustion engines and in the atmosphere take the same routes
Alkanes, an important component of fuels for combustion engines and an important class of urban trace gases, react via another reaction pathways than previously thought. These hydrocarbons, formerly called paraffins, thus produce large amounts of highly oxygenated compounds that can contribute to organic aerosol and thus to air pollution in cities. The results of this interdisciplinary work provide crucial information about oxidation processes both in combustion engines and in the atmosphere. Read the full article here
The right ring count to harness waste heat
Electronic organic materials offer promise to support alternative and green energy sources to meet escalating global energy demands and strict environmental regulations. A KAUST-led team has now developed electron-transporting, so-called n-type, organic semiconductors that could help generate electricity from waste heat released by industrial processes and homes. Read the full article here.
Toward net-zero sustainable aviation fuel with wet waste–derived volatile fatty acids
To meet the growing demand for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), conversion pathways are needed that leverage wet waste carbon and meet jet fuel property specifications. In this article, researchers demonstrate SAF production from food waste-derived volatile fatty acids by targeting normal paraffins for a near-term path to market and branched isoparaffins to increase the renewable content long term. Read the full article here.
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