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Mark Linne

Prof. Mark Linne earned a PhD at Stanford University in 1985. Since then he has worked in the laser industry and in academia. As a professor, Linne has developed new laser and x-ray diagnostic techniques and applied them to research on swirling flames, gas turbine combustion, IC engine combustion, fundamentals of solid-oxide electrochemistry, and most recently fundamental studies of fuel spray breakup. He is currently the Professor of Combustion Engines at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Linne is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and the author of Spectroscopic Measurement: An Introduction to the Fundamentals, Academic Press, London, UK, ISBN 0-12-451071-X, (2002). He has authored over 150 articles and he holds two patents for laser physics. Professor Linne is the current chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Laser Diagnostics in Combustion.

Heinz Pitsch

Prof. Heinz Pitsch received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University in 1998. He held post-doctoral positions at UC San Diego and Stanford University and joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2003. In 2010 he returned to RWTH Aachen University to assume his present position as the Director of the Institute for Combustion Technology. His main research interests are in the fields of combustion theory, combustion chemistry, turbulence, and multi-phase flows with application to technical combustion systems. 

Sébastien Candel

Prof. Sébastien Candel earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology in 1972 and a Docteur ès Sciences degree from the University of Paris in 1977. He has been a professor at Ecole Centrale Paris since 1978 and a professor at Institut Universitaire de France from 2001 to 2011. His research in the domains of combustion and aeroacoustics has applications in energy and in aeropspace propulsion. Among many distinctions, Sébastien Candel has been the recipient of the Marcel Dassault Grand Prize of the French Academy of sciences, the Pendray Aerospace Literature award of the AIAA, the Distinguished Alumni Award of Caltech, the Silver and Zeldovich Gold medals both from the Combustion Institute. Sébastien Candel is a member of the French Academy of sciences (its Vice-President for 2015 and 2016), of the French Academy of technologies and a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States.

Henry Curran

Prof. Henry Curran received his PhD degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) in experimental and numerical studies of combustion kinetics in 1994 and a DSc. degree by research from the National University of Ireland in October 2011. He served as a postdoctoral research scientist from 1994 to 1997 and research scientist in combustion modelling with Dr. Charles Westbrook and Dr. William Pitz from 1997 to 1999 at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). In 1999, he returned to Ireland to take an appointment as a lecturer in Physical Chemistry at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology while continuing to consult with LLNL and performing collaborative research in kinetics with Prof. John Simmie at NUIG. He was appointed as an adjunct Lecturer at NUIG in 2001 and as a Lecturer in 2005. He is currently director of the Combustion Chemistry Centre at NUIG and is a member of the editorial boards of “Combustion and Flame” and the “Proceedings of the Combustion Institute”. He is a founder member of the Irish Section of the Combustion Institute, a fellow of both the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the Royal Irish Academy, the Institution of Engineers Ireland, the American Society of Automotive Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers. Prof. Curran has over twenty years’ experience in developing comprehensive detailed kinetic models, thermochemical estimates, and calculating reaction rates to describe large carbon number hydrocarbons relevant to predicting real fuel behaviour in energy conversion systems. He works with Rolls-Royce, Alstom, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Renault on industrially sponsored projects. His collaborative work with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Princeton and Stanford Universities and Imperial College London among others has contributed significantly to the construction and validation of detailed kinetic models presently used by the combustion community to simulate large alkanes, cyclo-alkanes, and their reaction intermediates, as well as for a large range of oxygenated hydrocarbons. Prof. Curran has contributed especially to mechanistic insights and detailed kinetic modelling of low temperature and negative temperature coefficient behaviour of large carbon number species. His experience in comprehensive, hierarchical model development provides much of the detailed modelling materials presently used in industry for emulating autoignition and combustion processes in energy conversion system applications.

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