The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 5, No. 3 - July 2020

Update from the President
We are happy to send you some good news in this newsletter - you will see the names and faces of many members who have accepted new positions with the Institute. Normally these names are announced on the first day of the Symposium, but we decided to announce them now in order to allow you to congratulate your colleagues. Please make an effort to do so. We plan to announce the names again in Adelaide.

My four-year term as President is ending now and Philippe Dagaut will begin his term. So, in our next newsletter he plans to write a welcoming message. On a personal note, there are many people whom I want to thank. Barb Waronek served us for many years as our Executive Administrator - her taIents and her attention to detail have been crucial to the success of our meetings. As you enjoyed attending a well-run Symposium you probably are not aware of the many emergencies and problems that Barb had to solve. We are fortunate to have another excellent Executive Administrator, Renny Tassari, who is working diligently with the Adelaide host team.

Some of the most vivid memories I will take from my term of service are the many times that I heard our members say "yes, I will volunteer to do that." This is what I heard almost every time that I invited members to join committees or to serve in leadership positions. We instituted a new Research Excellence Award that honored 40 members, many of whom are mid-career. The number of Tsuji Awards for early career scientists was doubled, and an Early Career Advisory Committee was formed to help us formulate our Code of Ethics. My other positive memories are the very large attendances at our Symposia in Seoul and in Dublin. We continue to attract enthusiastic young scientists and we have truly become an international organization. Fei Qi is the first member of the Chinese Section to serve as an officer. Each area of the world has defined different ways that combustion science can assist society. Some countries address wildfire mitigation, while others search for new energy sources or may work toward reducing air pollutants. This diversity of technical ideas is what makes our meetings so interesting. Our journals continue to achieve record levels of submission and impact factors. So, today when health issues continue to concern all of us, we can know that The Combustion Institute is an organization that remains extremely healthy.
CI Announcements and Events

Board of Directors Election Results
Congratulations to the newly elected members of the Board of Directors. They will begin their six-year term on 17 July 2020 and continue in this role until the end of the 41st Symposium on Combustion in 2026. To read more about the election results and board composition, click here.

                Zheng Chen                             Henry Curran                             Ruud Eggels
       Peking University, China                NUI-Galway, Ireland                 Rolls-Royce, Germany

                                      Mara de Joannon                         Naian Liu
                                   IRC-CNR Naples, Italy                   USTC, China
               Kaoru Maruta                           Perrine Pepiot                               Li Qiao
    Tohoku University, Japan              Cornell University, USA             Purdue University, USA

Congratulations Award Winners
The Combustion Institute congratulates the 2020 medalists and award winners. Winners were selected for their significant contributions in the field of combustion. CI also congratulates the awards committees, who had the honor and the responsibility to seek nominations and select winners among our international community of combustion scientists and practitioners.
Peter Glarborg, 2020 Recipient of the Bernard Lewis Gold Medal
“I am proud and humbled to receive the gold medal from the CI. I share this recognition with all the outstanding scientists I have been collaborating with over the years. It has been a privilege to work in the combustion community, challenging and generous as it is.”
William Jones, 2020 Reciepient of the Alfred C. Egerton Gold Medal
"I am delighted to be awarded the Sir Alfred Egerton Gold Medal, which I regard as a great honour."
Moshe Matalon, 2020 Recipient of the Ya. B. Zeldovich Gold Medal
"I am deeply honored to receive this prestigious award. I would like to thank those who nominated and supported me, as well as the selection committee and the CI for recognizing my accomplishments to Combustion Science. I am particularly gracious to my colleagues, students and collaborators who over the years have been a source of inspiration and with whom I shared many hours of excitement in search of new discoveries and explorations; they all deserve a share of this recognition."
Michael Frenklach, 2020 Recipient of the Jürgen Warnatz Gold Medal
“The Combustion community has been home to my professional life, and I am truly honored that my contributions to the science of Combustion are recognized with this esteemed award.  Receiving the medal named after Jürgen Warnatz, with whom I had an opportunity to collaborate, is of special and personal significance to me.”
2020 Recipients of the Silver Combustion Medal

Fabian Schulz, Mario Commodo, Katharina Kaiser, Gianluigi De Falco, Patrizia Minutolo, Gerhard Meyer, Andrea D‘Anna, and Leo Gross, pictured below, are the 2020 recipients of the Silver Combustion Medal, for the outstanding paper,  Insights into incipient soot formation by atomic force microscopy, presented at the previous International Symposium on Combustion.

2020 Recipients of the Bernard Lewis Fellowship
Zhi Chen, Wenkai Liang, Yihua Ren, Martin Rieth, Xu Wen, and Xiaoyuan Zhang are the 2020 recipients of the Bernard Lewis Fellowship, established to encourage high quality research in combustion by young scientists and engineers. Visit here to learn more about the recipients.
2020 Class of Fellows
The 2020 Fellows of The Combustion Institute have been named. The selection committee elected 27 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. Click here to learn more about this honor.
2020 Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award Winners
The Combustion Institute and Elsevier, with the assistance of an award committee, continue to celebrate the recipients of the annual Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award. This year’s winners are Zheng Chen and Michael Gollner. Read more about their accomplishments and contributions here.
2020 Recipients of the Research Excellence Award
The Combustion Institute Executive Committee, led by President Jim Driscoll, acknowledged 40 CI members who have published excellent research papers that have had a major impact on the field of combustion science. For more information about this award and the recipients, click here.

President’s Award for Outstanding Service to The Combustion Institute

In September, 2019, Uwe Riedel of Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Germany, received the President’s Certificate of Appreciation. Combustion Institute President, Jim Driscoll presented the certificate to Professor Riedel for his outstanding service as Chair of the Site Committee of The Combustion Institute and his valuable assistance in the organization of the International Symposia on Combustion. We are grateful to Uwe for his continuous dedicated support, and his outstanding service.

39th Symposium Program Co-Chairs Appointed

The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Bénédicte Cuenot and Nils Hansen as the Program Co-Chairs (PCCs) for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion in Vancouver, British Columbia. The PCCs set the tone for the technical program for each symposium, including the selection of invited speakers and oversight of combustion colloquia. Read more about the PCCs here.

Follow CI on Instagram and have your images featured on the CI account! Submissions are welcome at The photo to the left shows the smouldering of softwood biochar pellets, which was produced from biomass. Collaborators: Francesco Restuccia, Nieves Fernandez-Anez, Guillermo Rein (Hazelab, Imperial College London 2016).
Call for Educational Materials
As we work to enhance the Educational Materials page of The Combustion Institute website to educate future generations of combustion scientists, we call on you to submit any materials that you think would be beneficial to include on this page. Please email questions or submissions to
Call for Fellows of The Combustion Institute Nominations
The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations has been released for the 2021 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.
How Decisions Are Made by The Combustion Institute
Members sometimes wonder how decisions are made within The Combustion Institute. In an ongoing effort to improve transparency, we have prepared a document, How Decisions Are Made by The Combustion Institute, to address some of the frequently asked questions about The Combustion Institute. This, and other important documents can be found on the Resources page the CI website.
International Symposium on Combustion

Program Update

As we move closer to the symposium dates, progress continues to be made. A draft of the technical program should be completed and placed online soon. Look for future announcements about the Program and other updates on the Symposium website

Any specific questions regarding Adelaide or Symposium specific topics can be addressed to the local symposium organisers:


All Occasions Group
12 Stirling Street, Thebarton SA 5031
(08) 8125 2200

Speaker Updates

During the 38th Symposium, a number of leaders in combustion will deliver lectures promoting awareness of certain combustion topics, industry trends, and basic and applied research needs. Each of these speakers brings a unique perspective, while illuminating the cross-section of research and industry with combustion science. For a complete list of speakers and their full presentation titles, click here.

Symposium Registration 
Early bird registration is available through 8 November 2020, after which fees will increase. Make sure to take advantage of the discounted fees. To register for the symposium, click here. Any questions concerning registration can be directed to

Report from Publisher

Accepted submissions are now being sent to production and will soon appear online. Each Monday (started on 29 June 2020), Elsevier will set the final disposition on a group of finalized papers until all submissions have been completed. Congratulations to all authors on this accomplishment.

Advancements in Combustion
2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Fire Research Colloquium
Congratulations to Wei Gao, Naian Liu, Yan Jiao, Xiaodong Xie, Ying Pan, Zilong Li. Xisheng Luo, Linhe Zhang, and Ran Tu for winning the DPA in the Fire Research colloquium. Their authoritative paper,  Flame length of buoyant turbulent slot flame, has advanced research in the area of flame length for buoyant turbulent slot flame. Read more about their study here.
2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Other Concepts Colloquium

Congratulations to Minh K. Le, Atsushi Nishiyama, and Yuji Ikeda for winning the DPA in the Other Concepts colloquium.Their authoritative paper,  Evaluation of a novel miniaturised resonating igniter: The Flat Panel Igniter, has furthered research on the ignition performance of a new miniaturised igniter that operates based on microwave resonance phenomenon. Read more about their study here.

2019 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Solid Fuels Colloquium

Congratulations to Karla Dussan, Stephen Dooley, and Rory F.D. Monaghan for winning the DPA in the Solid Fuels Colloquium. Their winning paper, A model of the chemical composition and pyrolysis kinetics of lignin, advances the understanding of how one of the biggest components of plant matter, lignin, can be converted to useful chemicals and energy by pyrolysis (from Greek, meaning “fire-separating”). Read more about their study here.

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 Bill Agnew and Mário Costa.

Dr. William "Bill" Agnew passed away 31 May 2020.

Dr. Mário Costa passed away 3 June 2020.
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