Principal Investigator


Professor Murray Thomson


University of Toronto
Dept. of  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
5 King’s College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S-3G8, Canada
TEL: 416-573-1022
FAX: 416-978-7753


Current Members

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Associates

 P.hD. Research Assistants

7-250pxTongfeng Zhang


Tongfeng received his BSc (2010) and MSc (2012) from Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University in China. He started his PhD study in September 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Murray Thomson. Tongfeng’s research is in the area of characterization of combustion generated nanoparticles (soot). He is developing optical measurements to investigate the soot particle nanostructure, size distribution and the soot aggregate formation. He is also working on the development of soot modeling to study the fundamental soot formation and oxidation processes. Tongfeng holds an Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) and a Hatch Scholarship.

4-250pxAnton Sediako


Anton graduated from the Bachelor of Engineering – Internship Program from McGill University in 2014. During his undergrad, Anton worked with Atomic Energy of Canada with their Severe Accident group, performing various experimental and modeling work on the CANDU reactor design.

Anton joined the Combustion Research Lab in 2014 as a masters of science student and then transferred to PhD in spring 2015. Anton is currently studying soot formation using Line of Sight Attenuation (LOSA) , Rapid Thermocouple Insertion methods in different flames and also used Environmental TEM to visualize the processes than happen during soot oxidation . He is also working with current PhD student Mohammad Reza on experimental model verification and application of novel microscopy technologies such as AFM-IR to probe soot chemical composition.

labpicTirthankar Mitra


Tirthankar received his B.Sc in Chemistry from University of Calcutta (Presidency College),India in 2012. After that he joined Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India for his Masters and  secured the first position in his class in Masters. During his Masters he worked on reaction mechanisms involved in coal pyrolysis using different instruments like TGA, GC-MS, SEM-EDAX, TGA+FTIR, DSC etc.Using thermodynamic data he studied the gas phase as well as the solid phase reactions involved during coal pyrolysis in different gases.Chemical analysis was carried out on the remains of the pyrolysis product to understand the effect of inorganic elements in pyrolysis. He also tried to find out the changes in chemical structures during pyrolysis using experimental results.He received his M.Sc in Energy in 2015. He joined the Combustion Research Lab in September 2015 to pursue his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Murray Thomson. His research involves measurement of PAHs for aromatic fuels using GC/MS. He is ALSO developing an improved chemical mechanism which can capture the aromaticity of the fuel and give a better understanding of PAH formation for aromatic fuels. Currently he holds MIE fellowship.

2-250pxAli Naseri


Ali received his BASc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran and joined CRL as a master student in September 2014. His research consists of  formation of particulates in premixed flames using detailed modeling. He is currently a PhD student and hold MIE international student fellowship.

 1-250pxCarson Chu


Carson graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. He began his MASc in Sept 2014, with a research focus on soot formation from liquid fuel using the Laser Induced Incandescence (LII) technique .  Carson will join CRL to start his PhD studies from January 2017. Before pursuing his MASc at the University of Toronto, Carson worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia), responsible for mechanical design of various infrastructure projects.

MASc. Research Assistants

 1537840_10152731441640896_7142473907561081585_o(1)Steven Albert-Green


Steven graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2013 with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering and has since been working as a Forensic Engineer, performing car accident reconstruction and product failure analysis.  In September 2015 he began his MASc and his research involves enhancing the combustion of Pyrolysis Liquid Bio-Fuels through the optimization of injection systems for industrial burners.

 IMG_0341 (1)Muhammad Khan


Muhammad graduated from the NED University of Engineering and Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in 2009. He served as a Lab Engineer/Lecturer at NED University for 2 years where he conducted undergraduate laboratories, delivered lectures and managed projects.He received his Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo with the specialization in Green Energy in 2013 followed by a 1 year of experience in an industry before joining the University of Toronto in Fall 2015. His current research involves component level study in the development of compression ignition engine that can be fueled with wood pyrolysis oil. Moreover, he is also looking towards reducing corrosion and erosion effects through distillation of Wood Pyrolysis Oil.


Paramvir Gill






linkedin-photoDerek Fong


Derek graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a BASc in Chemical Engineering. During his undergrad, Derek gained experience in both the oil and gas industry in Alberta and the petrochemical industry in Qatar.  He began his MASc in September 2016, with a focus on improving the combustion of wood pyrolysis oil in a compression ignition, indirect combustion engine through the modification of fuel and engine properties.


MEng Students


 Maira Rafiq





Visiting Scholars










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