The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 7, No. 3 - August 2022
Update from the CI Office
It was wonderful to finally meet so many members of the combustion community in person! Thank you to all who made the journey to Vancouver and to those who joined online; our first hybrid symposium had over 1,100 combined participants! 
In addition to the superb scientific content of the Symposium, Vancouver offered attendees a host of amazing sights, restaurants, and experiences. We hope everyone was able to take advantage of the opportunities unique to this beautiful city.
The Symposium also allowed us to celebrate the winners of the CI’s most prestigious awards, and to properly honor those recipients of the 38th Symposium awards. Visit the CI website for complete details on all the awardees, including the medal winners and Bernard Lewis Fellowship recipients. Registered attendees will have access to the Chime hosting site for the next 3 months where they can view the award winners as well as the presentations, posters, and lectures.  
Planning for the 2024 Symposium in Milan, Italy is already underway, led by an amazing local host team and two experienced and enthusiastic Program Co-Chairs. To aid the CI in their planning and preparation of future symposia, we are asking all attendees to complete the post-symposium survey.  
 - Renny Tassari, Executive Administrator 
   The Combustion Institute
CI Announcements and Events
Incoming Board Members
Voting for the most recent election of the Board of Directors of The Combustion Institute concluded at the end of June 2022. The following six members were elected to serve on the Board from 2022-2028:
  • Nils Hansen, Sandia National Laboratories, United States
  • Epaminondas Mastorakos, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Terese Løvås, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Teruyuki Okazaki, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan
  • William Roberts, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Haiping Yang, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
We look forward to working with the new members and thank the nominations committee for their work and all who voted in the election.
Outgoing Board Members
An earnest thank you to our outgoing board members for their six years of service:
  • Toshiro Fujimori, IHI Corporation, Japan
  • Simone Hochgreb, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Thierry Poinsot, Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse, CNRS, France
  • Chris Shaddix, Sandia National Laboratories, United States
Their commitment and insight are greatly valued and helped to contribute to the continued advancement of The Combustion Institute.
Upcoming CI Members Meeting 
Due to the hybrid nature of the 39th Symposium, a CI Members Meeting was not held on-site. As such, a virtual Members Meeting of The Combustion Institute will be held on 13 September 2022 at 9:00 a.m. EDT. Additional details will follow soon, and all members are invited to attend and participate.
Call for Nominations: 2023 Fellows of The Combustion Institute

Nomination packages for the 2023 Class of Fellows of The Combustion Institute must be submitted through the CI Account Management System (AMS) by 23:59 EDT, 30 September 2022. The Fellows of The Combustion Institute are recognized by their peers as distinguished for outstanding contributions to combustion, whether it be in research or in applications. Any questions can be directed to

2nd Asia Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School (APCISS-2)
The main goal of the APCISS-2 is to introduce the AP combustion and fire safety community to fundamental combustion problems, focusing particularly in the application of combustion and fire science to outdoor fires. 
This event will take place 4-9 December 2022 in Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile, with workshops to be held at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaíso. 
Applications should be submitted through the APCISS-2 website. Students will be considered for scholarship awards if their applications are received before 30 September 2022.
16th International Combustion Symposium of the Turkish Section
The 16th International Combustion Symposium of the Turkish Section will be a hybrid conference, offering face-to-face or online sessions from 8-11 September 2022. The in-person sessions will be held at Adnan Menderes University in the Didim Social Facilities Culture and Congress Center. A 50% discount will also be given to those who participate virtually, as well as to the authors of papers.
IRF TOTeM - Hydrogen for Industrial Decarbonisation

While the abstract submission deadline has passed, registration for this event is open until 9 September 2022. The IRF TOTeM - Hydrogen for Industrial Decarbonisation will be held 13 October 2022 at the Air Liquide Campus Innovation Paris, located in France.


Among the confirmed speakers are Tudor Florea from the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, Jörg Leicher from GWI, Thierry Poinsot from IMFT, and Heinz Pitsch from  RWTH Aachen University!

International Symposium on Combustion 
Facts and Figures from the 39th ISOC:

Top 5 Colloquia - Submission Count

1. Fire Research - 205

2. Gas-Phase Reaction Kinetics - 169

3. Propulsion - 147

4. Solid Fuel Combustion - 136

5. Laminar Flames - 132

Top 5 Countries - Submission Count 

1. China - 536

2. United States - 262

3. Germany - 132

4. Japan - 79

5. United Kingdom - 78

CI Gold Medal Winners
The winners of the four major Gold Medals were recognized at the 39th International Symposium on Combustion in Vancouver, Canada. This year's winners are: 
Marcus Aldén, Lund University, Sweden - For exceptional scientific contributions on the development and application of advanced laser diagnostics for combustion.
Hideaki Kobayashi, Tohoku University, Japan - For brilliant research on high pressure turbulent premixed flames and ammonia combustion for decarbonization.
Yiguang Ju, Princeton University, United States - For distinguished, continuing, and encouraging contributions to the field of combustion.
Henry Curran, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland - For outstanding contributions to the theory of computational chemistry, providing kinetics modeling tools used widely for many types of fuel.
Also recognized at the Symposium were the winners of the 2022 Silver Combustion Medal. Congratulations to: 
  • Thibault F. Guiberti, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Yedhu Krishna, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Wesley R. Boyette, Ohio State University, United States
  • Chaobo Yang, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • William L. Roberts, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Gaetano Magnotti, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
Six promising young researchers were also honored at the 39th International Symposium on Combustion, receiving the esteemed Bernard Lewis Fellowship. The recipients are as follows:
  • Pedro Magalhães De Oliveira, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Dapeng Liu, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • Adam Susa, Stanford University, United States  
  • Yong Tang, Beijing Institute of Technology, China
  • Hao Zhao, Peking University, China
  • Thorsten Zirwes, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
You can read more about all of the honorees on the CI website's news section.
PROCI Volume 39 Updates
Final publication decisions are being made and accepted papers are now appearing online. If you have received notice that your paper has been accepted, you will hear from the production office prior to finalization. If you require color figures in the published version, please send a message to and and specify which figures will require color.
CI members interested in ordering Volume 39 of The Proceedings of the Combustion Institute can contact Elsevier will be processing and handling all subscriptions. Non-CI members can contact REPH team via 877-839-7126 (option 3-1). Please note that these lines are only open M-F (except U.S. Holidays) at 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

40th ISOC Technical Program Co-Chairs Appointed

The Combustion Institute is proud to announce the appointment of Bassam Dally of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia and José L. Torero of University College, London, United Kingdom as the Program Co-Chairs (PCCs) for the 40th Symposium. The PCCs set the tone for the technical program, including the selection of invited speakers and oversight of colloquia. The CI’s 40th International Symposium will take place 21-26 July 2024 in Milan, Italy.

Site of the 41st International Symposium on Combustion
As announced at the 39th International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute is pleased to inform you that the 41st International Symposium on Combustion will be held in Kyoto, Japan in July 2026!
Advancements in Combustion
CI Member Receives R. Tom Sawyer Award
Congratulations to Tim Lieuwen of Georgia Institute of Technology for receiving the 2022 R. Tom Sawyer Award from The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
This award is bestowed on an individual who has made important contributions to advance the purpose of the gas turbine industry and to the International Gas Turbine Institute over a substantial period of time. Learn more here.
6th International Sooting Flame (ISF) Workshop Prize Winners
The International Sooting Flame (ISF) Workshop is an ongoing, biennial forum. The most recent iteration of the workshop was held from 22-23 July 2022, timed to occur before the 39th International Symposium on Combustion held in Vancouver from 24-29 July 2022.
Prize Winners for Best 3-Minute Presentations:
  • Dr. Georgios Kelesidis,  ETH Zurich
  • Mohammad Adib, Carleton University
Prize Winners for Best Poster Presentations:
  • Una Trivanovic, ETH Zurich (Prize Winner)
  • H. Maldonado Colman (Special Commendation Awardee)
  • Peng Liu, KAUST (Special Commendation Awardee)
(L-R): Dr. Georgios Kelesidis, ETH Zurich, Mohammad Adib, Carleton University, Prof. Thomas Dreier, University of Duisburg-Essen (Judging Panel), Prof. Christof Schulz, University of Duisburg-Essen (Judging Panel).

(L-R): Dr. Med Colket, Consultant to United Technologies Research Centre (Judging Panel), Special Commendation Awardee: H. Maldonado Colman, Special Commendation Awardee: Peng Liu, KAUST, Prize Winner: Una Trivanovic, ETH Zurich, Prof. Bassam Dally, KAUST (Judging Panel).
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