Alessandro Gomez

  • January 1, 1970 • 12 AM

Alessandro Gomez, Professor
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Yale University

March 12, 2020
3:00 – 4:00pm
Green Hall, Rodin Auditorium

Using Complementary Diagnostics to Shed Light on Soot Nucleation

Abstract: Soot formation is a long standing challenge in combustion research, with the gas-to-particle transition remaining the least understood process. To gain insight into this process two aspects of research in this field are critical: 1) using diverse diagnostic techniques, including intrusive sampling and optical diagnostics in a complementary fashion and 2) “designing” flames with the right features for them to be highly controlled flow reactors. I will review key aspects of research in my laboratory in this area with a focus on (high pressure) counterflow flames.

Bio: Professor Gomez received a Laurea in Ingegneria Aeronautica from University of Naples (Italy) in 1980, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University in 1982 and 1986, respectively. After a postdoctoral and lectureship experience in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Yale, he joined the Faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1989, where he raised through the ranks to his current position as professor. His research interests focus on fundamentals of combustion and of electrostatic spray processes with applications. Coauthor of more than 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature, he has been the recipient of a NSF Young Investigator Award, the Whitby Award from the American
Association for Aerosol Research and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Von Karman Institute of Fluid Mechanics, ATA Fiat Research Center, and Aeritalia. He is a Fellow of the Combustion Institute and member of the Connecticut Academy of Science. For further details see