Professor Adam Steinberg (UTIAS) is the first recipient of the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award.
Presented jointly by the Combustion Institute and academic publishing company Elsevier, the award recognizes excellence in fundamental or applied combustion science research.
“It’s a very big honour,” said Steinberg. “It’s a great encouragement to keep working on interesting problems, and it will open a lot of doors within the combustion community for future research collaborations.”
Steinberg’s team studies the complex physical and chemical reactions taking place inside the combustion engines used in jet aircraft or large power plants. He likens the challenge to that of trying to keep a match lit inside a hurricane. “The conditions that you find inside of a jet engine are actually much more violent than you find in a hurricane,” he said. “We can keep the match lit, but challenges arise when we want to minimize pollution, use biofuels, or push to even more extreme conditions, all without compromising safety or robustness.” Full story…