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Prof. Simone Hochgreb


Simone Hochgreb

Professor of Engineering

Academic Division: Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery

Research group: Energy

Telephone: +44 1223 7 64098


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Professor Hochgreb's research investigates problems in energy conversion and reacting flows, including combustion, thermoacoustics, flame synthesis and aerosols. 

Current projects involve the development of optical diagnostics for high pressure and temperature flows, hydrogen combustion, thermoacoustics and instabilities,  aerosol and droplet measurements. 

Research projects

  • Hydrogen turbulent premixed combustion (with Newcastle) (EPSRC 2023-2026)
  • Measurement of nanoparticle aerosols in analytical devices (EPSRC, Agilent, 2020-2024)
  • Flame synthesis of battery materials in aerosols (with Adam Boies and M. de Volder)(EPSRC 2020-2024)
  • Temperature measurements in reacting flows using Laser Induced Grating Spectroscopy (LIGS) (with Oxford) (EPSRC 2013-2016, 2018-2023)
  • Investigation of the effect of droplets on stretched laminar flames (with INSA-CORIA/Rouen) (2020-2023)

Teaching activity

Heat and mass transfer, combustion and reacting flows. 

Research opportunities

  • Reacting flows
  • Optical diagnostics and measurement techniques
  • Aerosol measurements
  • Combustion synthesis
  • Gas turbine combustion
  • Engine combustion
  • Thermoacoustics
  • Chemical kinetics

Other positions

  • Managing Engineer, Exponent Inc, 2000-2002
  • Principal Investigator, Sandia National Laboratories, 1999-2000
  • Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996-1999


Simone Hochgreb is a professor in Engineering at the University of Cambridge, specialising in combustion and turbulent reacting flows. Her current work is in the application of laser diagnostics to reacting flows using real and model flames, both under steady and unsteady conditions, particularly regarding stratified flames. She has previously held positions at MIT, Sandia National Labs. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautics Society and the Combustion Insitute, and has received the Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award and the Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph R. Teetor Award. She holds a BSc from the University of São Paulo, and a PhD from Princeton University.