Marcus Aldén received his Ph.D. in Physics at Lund University in 1983. Since 1991, he has been the Head of the Division of Combustion Physics and became Professor within the Physics Department at Lund University in 1992. Since 1997 Professor Aldén has been Program director of the National Swedish Centre in Combustion Science and Technology, CECOST, and was Visiting Professor at Technical University of Eindhoven between 2005 and 2009.

Professor Aldén’s scientific activities have mainly been in the field of laser diagnostics of combustion processes and have ranged from very fundamental studies of laser-matter interactions to industrially real-world applications, involving e.g. laser-induced fluorescence, CARS, polarisation spectroscopy, DFWM, Raman/Rayleigh scattering and emission from thermographic phosphors. Professor Aldén is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, KVA, and of The Royal Physiographic Society in Lund.


Moshe Matalon received his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University in 1978. After two years on the faculty of the Aerodynamics Laboratories of the Polytechnic Institute of New York he joined the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern, where he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. In 2007 he joined the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign holding the College of Engineering Caterpillar Chair. His research interests are in combustion theory and theoretical fluid mechanics, where he made contributions to a wide range of topics including the structure, dynamics and stability of premixed and diffusion flames, combustion instabilities and combustion of heterogeneous fuels. Professor Matalon is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and the Institute of Physics (IOP) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). In 2010 he received the AIAA Pendray Aerospace Literature award. Professor Matalon has served as editor-in-chief of Combustion Theory and Modelling since 2001 and as Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluid Mechanics since 2008.


Michael J. Pilling received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1967 and was appointed Professor of Physical Chemistry at Leeds in 1989. Professor Pilling has worked extensively in chemical kinetics for over 30 years, especially on laboratory measurements using laser flash photolysis. Since moving to Leeds, he has initiated a research program in atmospheric chemistry, and developed techniques for reducing the size of chemical mechanisms using objective methods based on sensitivity analysis. Professor Pilling’s research interests center on fundamental chemical kinetics and applications in atmospheric chemistry and combustion. Professor Pilling was the Chairman of the UK Air Quality Expert Group and the Director of the Distributed Institute for Atmospheric Composition (DIAC) in the UK, both from 2002 - 2008. Professor Pilling has published over 200 papers and was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes for Reaction Kinetics in 1992 and Combustion and Hydrocarbon Oxidation in 2001, the Sugden Prize of the Combustion Institute in 1993, the Polanyi Medal at the 13th International Symposium on Gas Kinetics in 1994, the Haagen Smit prize in 2010 and he was the Royal Society of Chemistry’s John Jeyes Lecturer for Environmental Science in 2001. He was awarded a CBE in 2008.