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Australian Combustion Symposium 2023

Towards clean combustion and decarbonisation
Presenter Energy and Resources Institute, The Combustion Institute and Northern Territory Government
Contact person
Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski
T: 08 8946 7704 or 0408 965 978 E:
Location Waterfront 05.03 - Lecture Theatre
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About the Symposium

The Australian Combustion Symposium 2023, brings together experts and enthusiasts in the field of combustion and associated energy-related topics to explore the latest advancements and innovations. This year's conference will cover a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to:

  • Clean fuels, including hydrogen and ammonia combustion, production, and safety
  • Combustion-based processes in circular economy
  • Control of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Decarbonisation of combustion-based processes
  • Detonations, explosions, and supersonic combustion
  • Environmental impact of combustion processes, including life cycle assessment
  • Fire Research
  • Flame retardants
  • Gas-phase reaction kinetics
  • Internal combustion engines
  • Laminar flames
  • Pollutant formation in combustion processes
  • Pyrolysis and pyrolysis-based industrial processes
  • Reacting flows
  • Rocket engines and gas turbines
  • Spray, droplet, and supercritical combustion
  • Solid fuel combustion
  • Soot, nanomaterials, and large molecules
  • Stationary combustion systems
  • Turbulent flames
  • Other concepts

Visit Australian Combustion Symposium 2023 website 

Plenary Speakers

Professor Michael Brear, Director, Melbourne Energy Institute(MEI).

What does deep greenhouse gas abatement mean for combustion research?

Prof. Michael Brear serves as the Director of MEI. His extensive expertise is dedicated to collaborative ventures with both industry and government, focusing on:

  • The technical, economic and environmental analysis of transport and energy systems.
  • The combustion of conventional and alternative fuels.
  • Stationary and mobile powerplant featuring engines, turbines, energy storage and renewables.

Prof. Brear is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology, Engineering Australia, and the Australian Institute of Energy. He has also played a key role in establishing the University's multi-disciplinary Master of Energy Systems program.

Before joining the University, Prof. Brear's professional journey included employment at ICI Australia (now Orica), followed by graduate studies at Cambridge University and subsequent post-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Keynote Speakers

Professor Choongsik Bae, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea.

The future of internal combustion eEngines using clean fuels

Prof. Bae, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), has been leading the Future Transport Power Lab since 1998, along with leading the Combustion Engineering Research Center. His academic journey includes obtaining a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University in Korea, followed by earning his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, UK, in 1994.

Throughout his illustrious career, he has assumed notable roles such as serving as a Technical Advisor to Hyundai Motors during a sabbatical leave period and acting as the Dean of the College of Engineering at KAIST from 2019 to 2020, where he played a pivotal role in promoting innovation in engineering education.

Prof. Bae's contributions have been widely recognised, with numerous prestigious awards, including the SAE 'Arch T. Colwell Merit' award in 1997, the SAE 'Harry Horning Award' in 2006, and his distinction as an SAE Fellow in 2012.

Currently, he is working towards developing carbon-neutral transport power solutions, with a specific focus on advancements in hydrogen and e-fuel engine combustion. His dedication to sustainable transportation solutions is driving innovations shaping the future of the field.

Associate Professor Fatemeh Salehi, Macquarie University, Australia.

Hydrogen risk and safety for sustainable mobility

Fatemeh Salehi holds the position of Associate Professor within the School of Engineering at Macquarie University. She currently serves as an International Hydrogen Fellow and has earned recognition as a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship. In 2015, she received her Ph.D. in Renewable Energy Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

Her area of expertise revolves around the creation of data-driven models for various energy technologies, with a special focus on applications in the realm of renewable energy and environmentally friendly fuels, notably hydrogen. Her research in the field of hydrogen safety was recogonised in the NSW Hydrogen Strategy published by the NSW Government in 2021. Furthermore, she actively contributes to the development of hydrogen standards as a member of the Working Groups of Standards Australia.

Professor Md. Azhar Uddin, Okayama University, Japan.

Catalytic pyrolysis of plastic polymer waste into fuel

Azhar Uddin is a Professor of Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Okayama University in the Graduate School of Environmental, Life and Natural Science. He received his D.Sc. in Catalytic Chemistry from Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Professor Uddin's distinguished career includes previous roles as a Senior Research Associate at both The University of Newcastle and UNSW Sydney. His primary research domain encompasses the development of heterogeneous catalysts and solid porous adsorbents, with a specific focus on applications in the fields of energy and the environment. His research interests extend to the thermochemical conversion of biomass and plastic waste into fuel, catalytic Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, and the removal of mercury from coal combustion and coal gasification gases.

His extensive work is highlighted in over 150 publications, encompassing research papers, book chapters, and patents. Professor Uddin's contributions underscore his commitment to advancing sustainable solutions in the realms of energy and environmental chemistry.

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