A publication by researchers at CARES and University of Cambridge has received the Gaydon Award by the British Section of the Combustion Institute. The Gaydon Award is given annually to the best paper at the International Combustion Symposium with at least one British Section member as author.

The winning publication, “Polar curved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soot formation”, was presented at the 2018 International Combustion Symposium. The paper investigates, using theoretical calculations, the potential role of curvature of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons – the constituent molecules of soot particles – in the inception of new soot particles, a process which remains poorly understood.


Cross section of the electric potential for flat coronene (left), curved corannulene (middle) and bent water (right). This illustrates the flexoelectric effect caused by curvature. 


The authors are from both CARES and the University of Cambridge’s Computational Modelling Group. Both are led by Prof Markus Kraft and the groups work closely on topics within chemical engineering, chemistry and web technology.

The award was presented at the 5th Meeting of the UK Fluids Network Special Interest Group on Combustion Science, Technology and Applications at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, on 24th September 2019.

This is the second time that Prof Kraft has received Gaydon Award. The first was in 2007, also for a paper on soot. (See Markus Kraft and Neal Morgan win the Gaydon Prize on the Computational Modelling Group’s website.)


Polar curved polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soot formation
Jacob W. Martin, Kimberly L. Bowal, Angiras Menon, Radomir I. Slavchov, Jethro Akroyd, Sebastian Mosbach, and Markus Kraft, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute 37(1), 1117-1123, (2019).


The authors of the winning publication: Jacob W. Martin, Kimberly L. Bowal, Angiras Menon, Radomir I. Slavchov, Jethro Akroyd, Sebastian Mosbach and Markus Kraft. 

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