The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 4, No. 3 - July 2019
Update from the CI President

Preparation for Adelaide

As this newsletter is being sent, the site visit for the 38th International Symposium on Combustion has just been completed. Final arrangements are being made at the Adelaide Convention Centre and nearby venues for our biennial gathering. As details are confirmed, information will be posted on the Symposium website
You are also encouraged to watch for emails with important information and reminders on the submission process. As PROCI moves to Editorial Manager, you will notice some small changes. You will be receiving an email with instructions on how to activate your new account in late August. The CI Office has been working and testing the submission and review process and will be available to provide assistance if needed. Email them at, or check the CI website, if you have questions.

Mark the dates on your calendar for 12-17 July 2020. We look forward to seeing you in Adelaide to share your research and enjoy Australia!

~James F. Driscoll, President

CI Announcements and Events

Call for Fellows of The Combustion Institute (FCI) Nominations 
The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations has been released for the 2020 Fellows of The Combustion Institute. The Fellows program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of combustion science in research or in application. This is a lifetime honorific title that confers no special rights, privileges or duties. A list of Fellows is maintained on The Combustion Institute website. The newly elected Fellows will be announced early in 2020.


Fellows of The Combustion Institute Selection Committee Announced

The Fellows Selection Committee for the 2020 Fellows of The Combustion Institute has been established and is charged with the responsibility to evaluate nominees and select candidates to become Fellows. The committee consists of 12 members who have agreed to serve staggered terms over a three-year cycle. Click here to view the FCI selection committee members. 


Prenominations Are Open for the Nusselt-Reynolds Prize 
The Nusselt-Reynolds Prize was established by the Assembly of World Conferences to commemorate outstanding contributions by Wilhelm Nusselt and Osborne Reynolds. As many as three prizes may be bestowed at every World Conference, one in each of the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, or any combination of the three. Prenominations for the Prize are due by 30 November 2019. The prize will be awarded at the 10th World Conference during 30 May to 4 June 2021 in Rhodes, Greece, where the prize winners will also present plenary lectures on their subjects. More information can be found in the Call for Prenominations.


9th European Combustion Meeting (ECM 2019)

The ECM 2019 took place in Lisboa, Portugal, from 14 to 17 April 2019. The meeting was attended by 442 delegates from 42 countries. The meeting consisted of five keynote lectures on a wide range of fundamental and applied combustion topics by the invited speakers Prof. Mara de Joannon, Dr. Pascale Desgroux, Dr. Zeynep Serinyel, Prof. Zhongshan Li, and Dr. Ruud Eggels. In addition, there were a total of 342 posters presented during the five poster sessions.

Bogdan Dragos Ilies Recognized for Academic Achievements
In January 2019, CI member and KAUST Ph.D. student Bogdan Dragos Ilies received two awards from the League of Romanian Students Abroad. Ilies earned special mention in the category "Romanian students abroad" and won the Romanian Student of the Year award, which was decided by popular vote. 
Ilies is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at KAUST in atmospheric chemistry with Associate Professor (and CI member) Mani Sarathy. Ilies' research focuses on identifying the chemical constituents present in the aerosols released by new tobacco heating systems (THS) in electronic cigarettes. THS products function by heating tobacco instead of burning it.

A normal cigarette combusts at temperatures above 600 degrees Celsius, which results in the formation of polycyclic aromatic compounds, the main compounds responsible for inducing cancer. Makers of electronic cigarettes claim that if there is only heating of tobacco via THS to temperatures of up to 350 degrees Celsius instead of traditional combustion, the formation of polyaromatic hydrocarbons and other potentially harmful constituents can be avoided, making electronic cigarettes less toxic. Ilies is now investigating this claim.

To learn more about Ilies' background, research, and achievements, click here

CI Member and KAUST Ph.D. student Bogdan Dragos Ilies


9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards (9th ISFEH)

The 9th ISFEH was held in St. Petersburg, Russia, from 21-26 April 2019. Alexander Snegirev, the Host Chair of the International Organizing Comittee, reports that the conference was very successful, with 135 papers and oral talks (including six plenaries) by 200+ delegates from 30 countries worldwide. 
VII Brazilian Combustion School 

The VII Edition of The Combustion School was held 3-7 June 2019 at the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) in Cachoeira Paulista, São Paulo, Brazil. Over the five-day event, 75 students from 19 Universities attended six state-of-the-art lectures and daily presentations in one of two minicourses, “Innovative Aspects in Combustion, Gasification and Pyrolysis” or “Combustion in Multiphase Media”. The School included poster presentations and the first meeting of the Brazilian Women in Combustion. The Women in Combustion initiative will be reproduced at the 25th International Congress of Mechanical Engineering in Uberlândia, Minas Gerais, Brazil in October 2019.

Opening Ceremony of VII Edition of The Combustion School. From left to right: Dr. Maria Luiza Indrusiak; Dr. João Andrade, Representative of INPE; Dr. Fernando Costa; Jose Carlos dos Santos; and Dr. Christian Coronado

Indo-Russian DST / RFBR Joint Research Project (2017-2019)

In joint research supported and funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, and the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR), Russia, multifactorial computational models for energetic material combustion and detonation have been developed and applied to certain specific problems that were then validated in laboratory scale experiments. The theme of the Indo-Russian DST/RFBR Joint Research Project is: "Development of the Multifactorial Computational Models of the Energetic Materials Combustion and Detonation by Means of Data Science Methods.”
Key researchers undertaking this multi-year project include:

  • Prof. Victor S. Abrukov (Chuvash State University, Cheboksary, Russia), Member of the Russian Section of CI;
  • Dr. V. R. Sanal Kumar (Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore);
  • Dr. Alexander N. Lukin (Western-Caucasus Research Center, Tuapse, Russia), Member of the Russian Section of CI; and
  • Dr. Charlie Oommen (Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru).

The researchers postulate that modeling of the propellant combustion and detonation characteristics with the use of data science methods can find wide application for current and future combustion research. Development of computational models for energetic systems is important as experiments are hazardous, time consuming and costly. The models were initially tried out and validated using existing data available in the open literature.
Based on obtained results, during the third year of the project execution the researchers plan to develop the Energetic Materials Genome (EMG) approach. In particular, they propose accelerating the discovery of new Energetic Materials (Solid Propellants) with desired properties by the EMG approach and Machine Learning. 

The growth of the Energetic Materials databases and emerging informatics approaches finally offer the opportunity to transform this practice into data- and knowledge-driven rational design—accelerating discovery of novel materials exhibiting desired properties.

From left to right: Prof. Victor S. Abrukov, Dr. Alexander N. Lukin, and a representative of the India research team during the 11th International High Energy Materials Conference & Exhibits, HEMRL, Pune, India


Call for Photos, Graphics, or Videos to Share on Instagram

Follow CI on Instagram and have your images featured on the CI account! Submissions are welcome at

The picture to the left shows the spread and interaction of parallel fire fronts in Victoria, Australia, during a medium-scale field experiment. This research on harvested crops was conducted in March 2018 by Dr. Alex Filkov and his team of researchers.  

2019 Summer School on Detonation

A summer school on detonation fundamentals will be held on 27th July 2019 (one day before ICDERS 2019) at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. 


2nd International Workshop on Near Limit Flames

The 2nd International Workshop on Near Limit Flames will be held on 27-28 July 2019 at Zhong-Guan-Yuan Global Village of Peking University, Beijing, China, before the 27th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (ICDERS 2019).


27th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (ICDERS)

Hosted by Peking University, the 27th International Colloquium on the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems (ICDERS) will take place on 28 July to 2 August 2019 in Bejing, China.


1st International Conference of Thermal Fluid Dynamics and Control

The first International Conference of Thermal Fluid Dynamics and Control (2nd International symposium of combustion instability and control) will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand from 02-06 August 2019.


Iran First International Combustion School (ICS2019)

ICS2019 is the first international combustion school of Iran and will take place from 24-27 August 2019. This event will be held at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran. Important dates include an application deadline of 20 August 2019 and poster submissions from 15 July to 20 August 2019. Lecture topics will include: Combustion Fundamentals, Experimental Combustion, Combustion Modelling, Internal Combustion, Spray Combustion, and Air Pollution. Lecture notes will be available after the program is complete. 


14th International Conference on Engines & Vehicles (ICE2019)

ICE2019 is organized by SAENA a section of SAE International with Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research, SC (USA), and Istituto Motori-CNR of Naples, Italy. The meeting will take place at the Grand Hotel Quisisana, Capri, Italy from  
15-19 September 2019.


XXIV International Symposium on Combustion Processes (ISCP2019)

The ISCP2019 will be held at the Congress Center of the Wroclaw University of Technology in Wroclaw, Poland on 23-26 September 2019.


International Workshop on "Clean Combustion: Principles and Applications"

Organizers are dedicating this International Workshop to Professor Johannes Janicka to honour and celebrate his fundamental, long lasting contributions to Turbulent Combustion Sciences and Modelling. It will take place in Darmstadt, Germany from 25-26 September 2019.


2nd Spanish HPC Combustion Workshop
The 2nd Spanish HPC Combustion Workshop will be held on 27 September 2019 at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, in Barcelona, Spain. Participation is free, registration is required.     

2019 Fall Meeting of the Western States Section of The Combustion Institute
The fall meeting of the Western States Section Combustion Institute (WSSCI) will be held
on 14-15 October 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.


China National Symposium on Combustion 2019
The 2019 China National Symposium on Combustion will be held at Society Hill Conference & Resort Hotel in Tianjin, South Station China from 24-27 October 2019.
International Symposium on Combustion

Site Visit
The Program Co-Chairs (PCCs), Tim Lieuwen and Fei Qi, the local host team, CI President Jim Driscoll, Site Committee Chair, Jeff Bergthorson and Executive Administrator, Barb Waronek have just completed their site visit in Adelaide, Australia. In addition to experiencing the local culture and winter weather of Adelaide in July, they were able to visit the Convention Centre and other venues under consideration for events to take place at the 38th International Symposium. Look for future announcements on the Symposium website or by email as more details are made available.

38th International Symposium Reviewer Invites

Many of you have already received and responded to The Combustion Institute's request to serve as a reviewer for the 38th International Symposium on Combustion. We anticipate needing to perform over 4000 reviews during a span of four-and-a-half weeks. If you are interested in providing your assistance and expertise, please complete the Reviewer Information Form online or you can complete and return the pdf form. All portions of the form should be completed to provide the Colloquium Co-Chairs (CCCs) with the most information possible as they look to assign papers to the best suited reviewers.

  • Forms must be completed by 8 August 2019.
  • The review process will begin with assignments starting soon after the 7 November 2019 submission deadline. Reviews are due by 16 December 2019.

If you have any questions about the review process, please contact The Combustion Institute office,

Advancements in Combustion

Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GUAC) established

Tsinghua University serves as the inaugural chair of the Alliance which was formally established in May 2019. University leaders and academic pioneers in the field of climate change from twelve universities in six continents met to form the GUAC and discuss missions, governance, development, and planning. The meeting was hosted by Vice President and Provost of Tsinghua University, Yang Bin. Learn more about the alliance here

2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Turbulent Flames Combustion Colloquium
Congratulations to Andrew P. Wandel and R. Peter Lindstedt. Their authoritative paper, A mixture-fraction-based hybrid binomial Langevin-multiple mapping conditioning model, has advanced the ability to model the effect of turbulence on chemical (e.g. combustion) processes, which can lead to improved thermal efficiency with lower emissions, especially when renewable fuels ("biofuels") are used. Read more about their study here.

2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Gas-Phase Kinetics Colloquium
Congratulations to N. Hansen, X. He, R. Griggs, and K. Moshammer for their winning paper, Knowledge generation through data research: New validation targets for the refinement of kinetic mechanisms . Their study significantly improved the understanding of combustion chemistry on a fundamental, molecule-specific level by showing correlations among independently collected flame data and that these correlations can be used to define new quantities useful for experiment and model development. Learn more about their research here

2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Soot, Nanomaterials, and Large Molecules Colloquium

High-resolution imaging has revealed the structural make-up of soot particles. Credit: F. Schulz et al./PROCI and Nature international journal of science highlights

Congratulations to Fabian Schulz, Mario Commodo, Katharina Kaiser, Gianluigi De Falco, Patrizia Minutolo, Gerhard Meyer, Andrea D'Anna, and Leo Gross. Their authoritative paper, Insights into incipient soot formation by atomic force microscopy, has significantly enhanced the understanding of the soot formation process and the appearance of soot precursors. Learn more about their innovative work here

Ambitious open-access Plan S delayed to let research community adapt
Coalition S, the funders behind Plan S, have delayed the enforcement of Plan S rules from 1 January 2020 to 1 January 2021. In addition to other minor modifications, the coalition is willing to consider "transformative journals"  to aid in compliance. Read more about the key changes to Plan S here.

Men need not apply: university set to open jobs just to women
In an 18 June 2019 article, Tania Rabesandratana reports that one Dutch engineering university is taking major steps to increase the representation of female academics in their faculty. Under a new fellowship program started on 1 July, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) will initially only consider submissions from female applicants for permanent academic job positions. If no suitable applicants are identified in the first 6 months of the recruitment process, men will be permitted to apply. Read more here.

Spherical flames in space could solve the mystery of soot-free fires

Ongoing experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) could help scientists, including CI member Richard Axelbaum of Washington University in St. Louis, study how certain fires burn without producing soot. Learn more here
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