Photo caption: Jim Driscoll, current CI President (2016-2020), Jean-Louis Consalvi, Andrés Fuentes, Jorge Contreras, at the 37th International Symposium on Combustion in Dublin, Ireland

In this fifth installment of a seven-part series of articles, The Combustion Institute recognizes combustion scientists who were honored with medals and awards during the 37th International Symposium on Combustion. Jorge Contreras, Jean-Louis Consalvi, and Andrés Fuentes are the 2018 recipients of the Silver Combustion Medal, for the outstanding paper, Oxygen index effects on the structure of a laminary boundary layer diffusion flame in a reduced gravity environment, presented at the previous International Symposium on Combustion.

Dr. Jorge Contreras is a researcher in the Energy Conversion and Combustion Group (EC2G) at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile.  He earned his Ph.D. in Energy at Aix-Marseille Université, France. His research interest includes numerical modelling of heat and mass transfer processes in combustion, soot production, radiative heat transfer in gas-particle media, thermal degradation and combustion of solid fuels, ignition, flame propagation and fire risk assessment. Currently working in the impact of radiation and soot production in energy conversion of biomass.

Dr. Jean-Louis Consalvi is a senior researcher the Lab IUSTI UMR CNRS 7343 of Aix-Marseille Université, France. His research interests are on the numerical modelling of two-phase reacting flows, radiative heat transfer in gas-particle media, ignition and thermal degradation of solid fuels exposed to fires, and soot production. The main applications of these researches are energy conversion including control and formation of pollutants released from industrial processes or practical applications. Also the research has been applied to understand fires in confined and open environments at normal gravity and micro-gravity conditions including mitigation of fires by water mist.

Andrés Fuentes is an Associate Professor at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (USM), Chile. He graduated with an Industrial Engineering from the USM and he earned his Msc and Ph.D. in Fluid Mechanics, Energy and Combustion at University of Poitiers, France. He worked as a Research Fellow at the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, UK and from 2007 a Maître des Conférences at Aix-Marseille Université, France. His research interests include, heat and mass transfer processes in combustion, soot production, ignition and flame propagation, microgravity and smouldering combustion. These activities are carried out in the EC2G Group (

Please join The Combustion Institute in congratulating the Silver Combustion Medal recipients, and the other honored 2018 award winners in the international combustion community. Questions regarding awards may be directed to: