Clean combustion


Bill Gale and student

Historically combustion has played an enormous role in the provision of world energy supplies. In the UK energy from combustion generated 89% of final consumption energy in 2014.

The environmental challenges of climate change and air quality place ever increasing demands on combustion technologies to improve efficiencies and to reduce the formation of pollutants. The Clean Combustion Group at Leeds is developing a knowledge-based understanding of combustion phenomena of relevance to the power generation, heat and transportation sectors. We are investigating innovative technologies and the use of alternative fuels in developing combustion processes that can address future challenges in energy efficiency, environmental impacts and safety.

We have a core interest in the use of alternative (renewable) fuels where our research addresses challenges in terms of technology developments to enhance their performance, sustainability of supply, pollution mitigation and improving the safety of their transport, storage and utilisation. Our research capabilities span all relevant scales in combustion from the atom, to pilot scale energy production and real world vehicle emissions, both in terms of experimental and modelling work.

We investigate the fundamentals of combustion through combining experiments and simulation of turbulent combustion, chemical kinetics, and the oxidation, ignition and combustion of nanoparticles and biomass fuel particles. We study heterogeneous processes including catalysis and sorption processes for pollutants such as CO2. We support the development of simulation codes for multiphase turbulent flows, interfacial transfer, and the kinetics of alternative fuels and their blends.

Contact us

If you are interested in collaborating with us or joining our research team, please contact Professor Alison Tomlin.

We have opportunities for prospective PhD students including a number of studentships. Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Alison Tomlin.

View all members of the Clean Combustion research team.