The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 6, No. 3 - July 2021
Update from the CI Office
Greetings from Pittsburgh!

While the world is gradually transitioning to a new normal, the combustion community remains active as always. Below you will find highlights from a number of section and specialty meetings as well as Combustion Institute Summer Schools. We continue to be impressed by the adaptability and commitment of the CI members.

You will also see highlights from some of our colleagues’ recent research, including features submitted by members and some of the Distinguished Paper selections from the 38th Symposium. If you have exciting news to share, you can now submit it to be featured in the quarterly newsletter using the new, easy-to-use template. You will find more information and a link to the submission form in the Advancements in Combustion section of this newsletter.

Stay Connected!
As always, the CI office is available to assist members in any way we can during these changing times. Do not hesitate to email or call the office if you have any questions. Also, take a moment to follow us on social media. We have increased and improved the use of our social media accounts and would love to help you spread your good news. 


Renny Tassari, Executive Administrator
CI Announcements and Events
Call for Nominations: Fellows of The Combustion Institute
The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations has been released for the 2022 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. Click here for more information.
Highlights from the 2021 European Combustion Meeting

The 2021 European Combustion Meeting, hosted by the Italian Section of The Combustion Institute, took place virtually from 14-15 April 2021. Chaired by the Italian Section Chair, Fabrizio Scala, this was the first ever virtual edition of the European Combustion Meeting. The meeting was attended by 329 delegates from 29 countries, and consisted of five plenary lectures on a wide range of fundamental and applied combustion topics by invited speakers. Click here to read more.

Highlights from The International Combustion Institute Summer School (ICISS) on Near-Wall Reactive Flows

The International Combustion Institute Summer School (ICISS) on Near-Wall Reactive Flows, hosted by the German Section of The Combustion Institute, took place virtually from 7-10 June 2021. The meeting brought 200 attendees from more than 30 countries together to view 16 pre-recorded lectures by renowned scientists, 22 research pitches by PhD students and postdocs, and 75 posters by participants from all over the world. Click here to read more.  

Highlights from the Near Zero-Carbon Combustion Technology Conference

The 2021 Near Zero-Carbon Combustion Technology Conference took place at the Clean Combustion Research Center, KAUST from 21-24 June 2021. The hybrid mode conference, organized by Professor Bassam Dally and Professor Gaetano Magnotti, brought together 739 participants from 34 countries around the world. 68 registrants participated in person, with the remaining participants tuning in virtually. Click here to read more.

Highlights from the 2021 Princeton-CI Summer School

The 2021 Princeton-Combustion Institute Summer School on Combustion took place from 21-25 June 2021. This session celebrated the 12th anniversary of the Princeton Summer School since its inception in 2010. Due to the restrictions and limitation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the session was conducted completely virtual. This limitation, and hence the absence of the need to travel, turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it led to a record number of 292 participants, which is almost 50% more than previous years. Click here to read more.

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 laboratory study of a fire whirl, formed using a fuel pool 10 cm in diameter, surrounded by four line fires, all with n-heptane. Collaborators: Sriram Bharath Hariharan, Joseph L. Dowling, and Michael J. Gollner at University of California, Berkeley.

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.

Symposium on Thermoacoustics in Combustion (SoTiC 2021)

The Symposium on Thermoacoustics in Combustion’s framework is planned as a five day virtual event from 6-10 September 2021 with live presentations (video replay as an option) followed by live Q&A. Click here for more details.

11th Saudi Arabian Section of the Combustion Institute (SAS-CI) Annual Meeting

The 11th Saudi Arabian Section of the Combustion Institute (SAS-CI) Annual Meeting will be held from 12-13 October 2021. Due to the current global COVID-19 situation, this year’s event will be held “online” as a virtual conference. Click here for more details.

8th Brazilian Combustion Institute Summer School of Combustion

The 8th School of Combustion (SoC), promoted by  Rede Nacional de Combustão (RNC) - Brazilian Section of the Combustion Institute, will gather students, researchers, professors, and industry professionals to stimulate the development of combustion science, biofuels, and conversion technologies. It also connects fundamental studies with advanced modeling applications. This School of Combustion, in virtual special edition (100% online) due to COVID-19 pandemic, will be held online and is planned for 18-22 October 2021. Click here for more details.

International Symposium on Combustion
Update from Vancouver
The Program Co-Chairs and Local Host Team are busy at work preparing for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion. The symposium will convene in Vancouver, Canada from Sunday, 24 July through Friday, 29 July 2022. We are still hopeful for an in-person meeting in Vancouver but will be prepared for whatever faces us in the coming year. 
39th Symposium Website
Make sure to visit the official website for the 39th International Symposium Combustion. The site contains the most up-to-date information and will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. Highlights include the Call for Papers, list of Invited Speakers, the full Local Host Team, and the updated Colloquium Descriptions and Colloquium Team Members. 
Call for Papers
The Call for Papers for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion has been released. Program Co-Chairs (PCCs) Bénédicte Cuenot, CERFACS, and Nils Hansen, Sandia National Laboratories, have defined the paper submission process, combustion colloquium categories, and colloquium teams for the symposium.
Information for Authors
Formatting for submissions will be different from previous symposia. The strict word limit is being replaced by a page limit based upon a draft manuscript that must be submitted in the final two-column published format. It is expected that changes to the length of your submissions will be minimal compared to recent symposia. The templates will be made available by 30 September 2021 with detailed author guidelines and submission instructions. The submission page will open 1 November 2021.

Processing of submissions will also be different from previous symposia. Some of the highlights include:

  • An initial process in which every submission is screened for suitability for presentation and publication by an assigned member of the colloquium team. The Program Co-Chairs will make the determination as to which papers will be rejected without peer review. See Reasons for Desk Rejection for more information.
  • Intent to have each paper reviewed by an “expert” in the field and by diverse set of reviewers.
Reviewers Invited
Become a Reviewer for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion. It’s not too late to be part of this valuable role in the planning of the symposium. Reviewers play a critical part in determining the papers that will be presented at the symposium. For more information or to register as a reviewer, click here.
Invited Speakers
The Combustion Institute is pleased to announce the Invited Speakers for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion in Vancouver, Canada. Throughout symposium week, experts in their respective fields will give plenary lectures and topical reviews on advancements in combustion science. Refer to the listing here for Invited Speakers and their scientific topics. A speaker schedule and full presentation titles will be announced in the coming months.
Artist Information
The 39th International Symposium on Combustion logo is based upon artist Richard Shorty's work entitled Rising Up From The Ashes. It shows an eagle rising from the ashes, surrounded by flames and smoke. Inside the eagle is a man who is rising and transforming with the eagle. Richard Shorty was born in Whitehouse, Yukon Territory in 1959 and belongs to the Northern Tuchone Tribe. He is a self-taught artist whose works include drawings, paintings, and carvings, blending a combination of traditional and realistic
Native art. Among his notable contributions is a 743-foot mural which represents Vancouver’s urban Aboriginal population and celebrates Vancouver icons.
Advancements in Combustion
Have Combustion News to Share?
The Combustion Institute seeks news about advancements in combustion research and major scientific awards bestowed upon members of our international community. If you have news to share, please fill out this Google form for it to be featured in our quarterly newsletter.
2021 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the SootNanomaterials, and Large Molecules
Congratulations to Hope A. Michelsen for winning the DPA in the Soot, Nanomaterials, and Large Molecules colloquium. In her paper, Effects of maturity and temperature on soot density and specific heat, Michelsen provides new and easy-to-use parameterizations to better understand the connections between soot model developments and measurements. Read more about her study here.
2021 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Spray, Droplet, and Supercritical Combustion Colloquium
Congratulations to Robert E. Ferguson, Alan A. Esparza, and Evgeny Shafirovich for winning the DPA in the Spray, Droplet, and Supercritical Combustion colloquium. In their seminal paper, Combustion of aqueous HAN/methanol propellants at high pressures, Ferguson, Esparza, and Shafirovich provide new insights into the effects of pressure on the combustion of aqueous HAN/methanol propellants. Read more about their study here.
2021 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Gas Turbine and Rocket Engine Combustion Colloquium
Congratulations to Charlélie Laurent, Gabriel Staffelbach, Franck Nicoud, and Thierry Poinsot for winning the DPA in the Gas Turbine and Rocket Engine Combustion colloquium. The pioneering
paper,  Heat-release dynamics in a doubly-transcritical LO2/LCH4 cryogenic coaxial jet flame subjected to fuel inflow acoustic modulation, provides both a quantitative evaluation of the dynamics of flames in methane-oxygen liquid rocket engine conditions, as well as a theoretical analysis of the numerical results. Read more about their study here.
Advanced Turbulent Combustion Physics and Applications
The Combustion Institute is excited to announce that the organizers and presenters of the 2016 CI-SS on Physics of Turbulent Combustion built upon the success of the Summer School program and wrote the book "Advanced Turbulent Combustion Physics and Applications." Several CI members played a critical role in the publication of the book which is planned for release in September 2021. More information on the book can be found here.
Sustained detonation and hypersonic propulsion 
Congratulations to CI members Daniel Rosato, Mason Thornton, Jonathan Sosa, Christian Bachman, Gabriel B. Goodwin, and Kareem Ahmad whose paper was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their paper reports the discovery of the experimental configuration and flow conditions that generate a stabilized oblique detonation, a phenomenon that has the potential to revolutionize hypersonic propulsion for atmospheric and space flights. A hypersonic high-enthalpy reaction facility (HyperREACT) generates a standing detonation, the most powerful form of intense reaction and energy release (generally associated with intense blast explosions and supernovas), that is fixed in space which is crucial for controlling and harnessing the reaction power. This breakthrough in experimental finding is game-changing and allows for a possible pathway to develop and integrate ultra-high-speed detonation technology enabling hypersonic propulsion and advanced power systems. Read more about their study here
Extensive oxidation of hydrocarbons in combustion and similitude with atmospheric autoxidation processes
Congratulations to CI members Roland Benoit, Nesrine Belhadj, Maxence Lailliau, and Philippe Dagaut whose paper was recently published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Through their research, they observed unexpected similitude in products of autoxidation of hydrocarbons in combustion and in the atmosphere. 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 Frederick C. Gouldin. Read more about Gouldin's life and legacy here.
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