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Combustion Physics Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  

About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we provide a forum for the discussion of the physical aspects of combustion: from a fundamental level through to practical applications such as heating, transport and power generation.

We also focus on unwanted combustion, such as fires and explosions.

The group was formed in 1973, and benefits from its membership having a good mix of industrialists and academics. Over the years, the focus has shifted towards improving the environmental performance of combustion processes, and the development and introduction of alternative fuels such as hydrogen and biofuels.

Our interests include:

  • fundamentals of combustion processes, including fires and explosions;
  • safety aspects of fires and explosions;
  • efficient use of energy in planned combustion processes;
  • minimising the environmental impact of combustion processes;
  • alternative fuels for sustainable combustion applications;
  • diagnostics for improved measurements within flames; and
  • modelling for improved prediction of combustion processes.

Applications covered by the group include:

  • domestic heating;
  • industrial processes;
  • transport (air, land and sea);
  • power generation; and
  • building safety.

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Group prizes

Our group awards acknowledge outstanding work and excellence in combustion science.

Ricardo award for best UK paper

This award is for a:

  • significant technological advance
  • contribution to the advancement of understanding at a fundamental level

Find out more about the Ricardo award for best UK paper

Huw Edwards prize for services to combustion physics

This award is for outstanding contributions to combustion physics over a prolonged period.

Find out more about the Huw Edwards prize

Lefebvre prize for best UK PhD thesis in the field of combustion physics

This award will be judged on the significance of the contribution and the difficulties overcome.

Find out more about the Lefebvre prize

Felix Weinberg prize

This award is for the best paper presented at the group’s Early Career Young Researchers meeting, held every two years.

Find out more about the Felix Weinberg prize

Group events

Find events for the Combustion Physics Group


Our newsletter contains articles, reports on meetings and a diary of future events.

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Committee and contacts

Chair Ms Catherine Goy, CPhys FInstP
Secretary Dr Iain Burns, MInstP
Treasurer Professor Ramanarayanan Balachandran, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Saptarshi Basu, FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Catherine Gardner, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Yannis Hardalupas, FInstP
Ordinary Member Dr James Massey, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Jonathan May, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Daniel Pugh, MInstP
Ordinary Member Professor Nedunchezhian Swaminathan, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Lu Tian, MInstP
Ordinary Member Dr Konstantina Vogiatzaki, MInstP

Email: [email protected]