The Combustion Institute
Quarterly newsletter for the advancement of combustion science

Vol. 6, No. 4 - October 2021
I am thrilled to report that we spent a very busy and active week in Vancouver in September for the 39th Symposium Site Visit. Travel from the US into Canada went smoother than I had expected. Joining me in Vancouver in person were Hai Wang (CI Vice President), Kendal Bushe (Chair of the local host team), and our professional conference organizers. Several other members of the local host team joined us for meetings throughout the visit via Zoom.


We toured the location of the Symposium, the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC). The venue is well suited to our function, easy to maneuver, and beautiful. We also visited some local hotel accommodations and sampled nearby eateries, all within minutes of the VCC by foot.

We were lucky enough to visit the locations of both the excursion and the reception. A day at Grouse Mountain will offer attendees a variety of activities, for risk-takers and nature-lovers as well. They also prepared delicious food, all enjoyable from atop the 850m/2,800ft mountain. The view is amazing!


The Vancouver Aquarium is home to thousands of ocean species and aquatic life and over 50,000 marine animals. This unique venue will introduce a new style of "banquet" or awards reception allowing us to experience the entirety of the Aquarium and the various exhibits.


I really cannot say enough about the beauty of Vancouver

and the accessibility and variety of activities it has to offer. I can’t wait to return and hope that many of you will be able to join me!        ~ Renny Tassari, Executive Administrator
CI Announcements and Events
Call for Nominations: Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award
The Call for Nominations has been released for the seventh annual Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award. Sponsored by The Combustion Institute and Elsevier, the award recognizes up to two early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to advance their field of research within four to ten years of completing their doctoral degree or equivalent. Nominations must be received by 23:59 EST on 15 November 2021.

Highlights from the 2021 Tsinghua-Princeton-CI Summer School on Combustion

The 2021 Tsinghua-Princeton-CI Summer School on Combustion took place virtually from 11-17 July 2021. 304 delegates from 18 countries attended, including undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, university professors and industrial engineers. The five-day program consisted of lectures offered by Professors Sébastien Candel, Mark Linne, Alison Tomlin, and Heinz Pitsch. Topics covered the fundamental knowledge on combustion physics and chemistry as well as laser diagnostics and unsteady combustion behaviors. Read more here.

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. Read more here.

Theoretical and Numerical Combustion Online Course

The second 2021 edition of the online combustion course “Theoretical and Numerical Combustion” will start on 1 November and end on 17 December 2021. The course will enable engineers and researchers to understand the physics of combustion and the various methods used to simulate it. Read more here.

7th International Symposium on Energetic Materials and their Applications

The objectives of the 7th International Symposium on Energetic Materials and their Applications (ISEM2021) include both fundamental researches and industrial applications relevant to energetic materials, and are to obtain an overview of the most recent international research efforts and to provide opportunities for scientists and engineers to establish avenues for cooperation and collaboration. The Symposium wil be held from 15-19 November 2021. Read more here.

Australian Combustion Symposium 2021

The upcoming Australian Combustion Symposium 2021 is to be held in Queensland from 21-24 November 2021 and is jointly organised by The University of Queensland and the University of Southern Queensland. The location of the meeting is beautiful and pandemic-safe town of Toowoomba near Brisbane. Read more here.

13th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion 2021

The Saudi Arabian Section of the Combustion Institute, jointly with Khalifa University, cordially invites you to the 13th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC), on 5-9 December 2021, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The ASPACC will provide a scientific venue for sharing ideas and experiences on the applications of combustion towards sustainable energy and environment. Read more here.

KAUST CCRC Fall 2021 Newsletter

The KAUST Clean Combustion Research Center recently published their Fall 2021 Newsletter, which contains CI related news and features CI members. Read more here.

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.
International Symposium on Combustion
Symposium Update 
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 planning for a 100% in-person meeting, but will be prepared to make accomodations for those who are restricted from traveling to Vancouver. We appreciate everyone's concern for travel, while recognizing the enthusiasm to meet in person. 
Travel to Vancouver
The health and safety of The Combustion Institute community remains our top priority as we plan for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion. Protocols and precautions will be in place to ensure guest safety. Updates on travel restrictions and entry requirements for Canada will be routinely added to the symposium website. 
Information for Authors
The Author Manuscript Preparation Instructions are now available. 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. 
In addition, a new process will be implemented, 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 consider their advice in selecting manuscripts for peer review and those to be rejected without peer review. See Reasons for Desk Rejection for more information.
Call for Papers
The Call for Papers for the 39th International Symposium on Combustion is available online. The Call for Papers provides updated information about the paper submission process, Work-in Progress Posters (WiPPs), combustion colloquium categories, and other important information. The deadline for papers is 23:59 PST, 05 January 2022. The deadline for WiPP abstract submissions is 23:59 PST, 04 May 2022.
Sights from Vancouver
As the borders to Canada opened to visitors, a Site Visit was held in Vancouver, 9-13 September 2022. The photos below do not begin to convey the beauty and attractions of this vibrant city, but are a sampling of the many sights we experienced.
Photo 1 is the West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre with the North Shore Mountains in the background.
Photo 2 is the East Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, lit at night. The exhibition hall and poster presentations will be held under the sails.
Photo 3 shows penguins waiting at the door for dinner at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Photo 4 shows Coola, one of the two ophaned Grizzly Bears that rangers rescued and raised at Grouse Mountain.
Advancements in Combustion
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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 or on our social media platforms. 
2021 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Gas Phase Reaction Kinetics Colloquium

Congratulations to Sarah N. Elliott, Kevin B. Moore III, Andreas V. Copan, Murat Keçeli, Carlo Cavallotti, Yuri Georgievskii, Henry F. Schaefer III, and Stephen J. Klippenstein for winning the DPA in the Gas Phase Reaction Kinetics colloquium. In their remarkable paper  Automated theoretical chemical kinetics: Predicting the kinetics for the initial stages of pyrolysis, Elliott, Moore, Copan, Keçeli, Cavallotti, Georgievskii, Schaefer, and Klippenstein developed a program package, AutoMech, to compute thermochemical and kinetic parameters, the foundational parameters of all combustion models. Read more about their study here.

2021 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Solid Fuel Combustion Colloquium

Congratulations to Wei Chen, Kaixu Li, Zhiqun Chen, MingWei Xia, Yingquan Chen, Haiping Yang, Xu Chen, and Hanping Chen for winning the DPA in the Solid Fuel Combustion colloquium. In their paper  A new insight into chemical reactions between biomass and alkaline additives during pyrolysis  process , W. Chen, Li, Z. Chen, Xia, Y. Chen, Yang, X. Chen, and H. Chen propose a new reaction pathway between biomass and alkaline additives. Read more about their study here.

2021 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Detonations, Explosions, and Supersonic Combustion Colloquium
Congratulations to Curtis Metrow, Vahid Yousefi Asli Mozhdehe, and Gaby Ciccarelli for winning the DPA in the Detonations, Explosions, and Supersonic Combustion colloquium.

In their paper  Detonation propagation across a stratified layer with a diffuse interface, Metrow, Yousefi, and Ciccarelli seek to understand how industrial explosions begin and progress in order to mitigate them. Read more about their study here.

2021 Distinguished Paper Award (DPA) in the Diagnostics Colloquium
Congratulations to Thibault F. Guiberti, Yedhu Krishna, Wesley R. Boyette, Chaobo Yang, William L. Roberts, and Gaetano Magnotti for winning the DPA in the Diagnostics colloquium. In their authoritative paper Single-shot imaging of major species and OH mole fractions and temperature in non-premixed H 2 /N 2  flames at elevated pressure Guiberti, Krishna, Boyette, Yang, Roberts, and Magnotti introduce a new 2-D quantitative imaging technique to enable more accurate quantifications of combustion scalars. Read more about their study here.
Regents Titles Awarded to Cressler, Lieuwen, and Rodgers
The University System of Georgia has honored three scholars and CI members in the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. John Cressler and Tim Lieuwen have been named Regents Professors, and
Michael Rodgers has been named a Regents Researcher. The appointments are the highest academic and research recognition bestowed by the USG Board of Regents. Read more here.
Identifying an elusive molecule key to combustion chemistry
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Argonne National Laboratory, including CI members Stephen Klippenstein and Ahren W. Jasper have made the most direct observation of a key intermediate formed during the breakdown of hydrocarbons in combustion and the atmosphere. Published in Science, this evidence of a carbon-centered radical could help in the future design of fuels that burn more efficiently. Read more here.  
Finding the cause of a fatal problem in rocket engine combustors

A vital piece of gas engines, combustors -- the chambers in which the combustion powering the engine occurs -- have the problem of breaking down due to fatal high-frequency oscillations during the combustion process. Now, through advanced time-series analyses based on complex systems, researchers have found what causes them, opening up novel paths to solving the problem. 


In a breakthrough, published in Physics of Fluids, a team including CI members Hiroshi Gotoda (TUS) and Shingo Matsuyama (JAXA), among several others have used advanced time-series analyses based on complex systems to find out. Read more here.

Stabilization and Dynamic of Premixed Swirling Flames

CI member Dr. Paul P. Palies recently published a book entitled "Stabilization and Dynamic of Premixed Swirling Flames: Prevaporized, Stratified, Partially, and Fully Premixed Regimes" that focuses on swirling flames in various premixed modes for the combustor, and development and design of current and future swirl-stabilized combustion systems. This includes predicting capabilities, modeling of turbulent combustion, liquid fuel modeling, and a complete overview of stabilization of these flames in aeroengines. The book also discusses the effects of the operating envelope on upstream fresh gases and the subsequent impact of flame speed, combustion, and mixing, the theoretical framework for flame stabilization, and fully lean premixed injector design. Read more here.

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