Professor Simone Hochgreb‘s research investigates problems in energy conversion and reacting flows, with the aim of maximising efficiency and minimising harmful pollutant emissions. The main theme is to understand the physics of reacting flows in energy conversion devices and sensors, develop techniques to study the problems relevant to stability, efficiency and emissions.

Current projects are centered in problems relevant to turbulent reacting flows, including velocity, temperature and species measurements in combustion, soot and particle formation, thermoacoustic instability and materials synthesis. The work is inherently collaborative, developing and sharing tools, data and models across the world.

Past research includes work on chemical kinetics, autoignition and internal combustion engine performance and emissions. Current research projects are focused on understanding the emergence and fate of instabilities via hot (entropy) spots, non-intrusive optical diagnostics for reacting flows, materials synthesis and nanoparticle sensing.

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Short Bio

  • PhD Princeton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, 1991
  • BSME University of São Paulo, 1985
  • Associate Professor, MIT (1991-1999)
  • Principal investigator, Sandia National Laboratories (1999-2000)
  • Managing Engineer, Exponent Inc. (2000-2002)
  • Professor, University of Cambridge, 2002
  • Wolfson Merit Award, 2003
  • Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society, 2011
  • Visiting professor, Instituto Tecnologico da Aeronautica, S J Campos, Brazil, 2014-2017