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Dr Pedro M. de Oliveira

Dr Pedro M. de Oliveira recipient of the Bernard Lewis Fellowship and Emerging Leader in measurement and metrology

Dr Pedro Magalhães de Oliveira has received the Bernard Lewis Fellowship at the 39th International Symposium on Combustion that took place on 24-29 July in Vancouver, Canada.

The award, named after the pioneer in the field of flame propagation and explosions, Bernard Lewis (PhD Cambridge, 1926), has been presented biennially at the Symposium since 1996 to encourage high quality research by young scientists and engineers. It is considered the most prestigious international recognition given to recent PhD graduates in the field of combustion.

Professor Adam Boies, Head of the Energy Group at the Department of Engineering, says "Pedro has contributed significant advances to the simulation of low-emission combustion and particle laden flows, which is critical for the future of the aviation industry. He receives this recognition for advancing the understanding of ignition mechanisms of spray flames and for his research on ultra-low emission technologies for sustainable aviation fuels."

Earlier this year, he was also nominated as an Emerging Leader in measurement and metrology by the Institute of Physics' Measurement Science and Technology. The journal selected the best early-career researchers in experimental science with less than 10 years from the completion of the PhD. Dr Magalhães de Oliveira's contributions to the field lie in the development of experimental methods and diagnostics for sprays and gas-liquid pipe flows, with applications ranging from cooling to gas-turbine combustor technologies.

Pedro says "I am thrilled to receive such recognitions, which are the result of years of fruitful collaborations with colleagues in the Department and across the globe in the fields of combustion and fluid dynamics. As a passionate experimentalist, it is an honour to have been nominated as an Emerging Leader in measurement and metrology, which reflects the rigour and level of detail of my experimental work -- details that are often kept behind lab doors or in between the lines of a journal article."

His work combines experiments, modelling and diagnostics development to address the global challenges of aeroengines: energy efficiency, emissions and zero-carbon fuels.

This article first appeared on the University of Cambridge Department of Engineering website and has been shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.