Moshe Matalon

Moshe Matalon

Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering

Office: M454
Technological Institute
2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL, 60208-3125
Phone: 847-491-3345
Fax: 847-491-2178
Home Page

Research Interests: Combustion theory, chemically reacting flows, theoretical fluid mechanics, asymptotics and perturbation methods.

return to the top


Research Statement

Current research projects are concerned with both, premixed and diffusion (non premixed) flames, in gaseous and in multi-phase systems. In many engineering applications, such as internal combustion engines and aerospace propulsion systems, the fuel and oxidant are intimately mixed. When ignited a deflagration wave, or a premixed flame, propagates throughout the mixture. Often, however, the fuel and oxidant are initially separated and combustion occurs only when they are brought together. Non premixed combustion has also important applications; for example, in diesel engines where a spray of liquid fuel is introduced to the combustion chamber, or in fires. In studying premixed and diffusion flames, we are concerned with the description of the flame structure and its dynamics under conditions that simulate practical applications; for example in the presence of non uniform flow fields and/or confined environments.

Research Topics

  • Combustion theory
  • Chemically reacting flows
  • Theoretical fluid mechanics and heat transfer
  • Stability and bifurcation theory
  • Asymptotics and perturbation methods

return to the top

Group Members

Current Group Members

Graduate Students

  • Nicholas Poole
  • Joanna Bieri
  • Joe Hibdon

Previous Group Members

Postdoctoral Associates

  • Nimrod Sarig (1995-1996)
  • Dimitri Vaynblat (1997-1998)
  • Joel Daou (1998-1999)
  • Vadim Kurdyumov (2000)
  • Changrong Cui (2003-2004)
  • Yevgenii A Rastigeyev (2002-2006)

Graduate Students

  • John K. Bechtold (1987)
  • Yeong-Dae Kim (1989)
  • Jennhwa Tien (1991)
  • Jennifer (Levin) McGreevy (1992)
  • David Lozinski (1992)
  • Sally Cheatham (1997)
  • Kristine (Fromm) Mills (1998)
  • Javier G. Armendariz (1999)
  • Scott R. Kukuck (2002)
  • Changrong Cui (2003)
  • Tanya Tickel (2006)

return to the top

Biographical Information


  • Ph.D. Cornell University
  • M.Sc. Engineering Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • B.Sc. Applied Mathematics and Physics, Tel Aviv University, Israel


  • American Physical Society, Fellow
  • Institute of Physics, Fellow
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Fellow
  • Combustion Institute, Member
  • Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Member

Editorial Boards

  • Combustion Theory and Modelling, Editor in Chief   (2001-present)
  • Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, Board Member   (2004-present)
  • Combustion Theory and Modelling, Board Member   (1997-2001)
  • Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Volume 28, Editor   (2000)

Professional Activities

  • Program Committee, 19th ICDERS   (2003)
  • Colloquium Co-Chair for Laminar Flames, 30th Int. Symposium on Combustion   (2003-2004)
  • Colloquium Co-Chair for Laminar Flames, 29th Int. Symposium on Combustion   (2001-2002)
  • Chair - Propellants and Combustion Technical Committee, AIAA   (1999-2002)
  • Program Organizer, P&C Sessions, 38th Aerospace Sciences Meeting, AIAA   (2000)
  • Co-Organizer, Pre-nominated Session on Combustion and Flames, 20th ICTAM   (2000)
  • Co-Organizer, Workshop on Low Speed Combustion, Annual Program on Reactive Flows, IMA   (1999)
  • Program Committee, 17th ICDERS   (1999)

return to the top

Awards and Honors

  • AIAA Best Paper Award   (2004)

return to the top

Selected Publications

Click here for a complete listing of publications.

  1. Matalon M. 2007, Intrinsic Flame Instabilities in Premixed and Non-premixed Combustion, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 39, pp. 163-191.
  2. Rastigejev Y. and Matalon M. 2006, Nonlinear Evolution of Hydrodynamically Unstable Premixed Flames, J. Fluid Mechanics, 554, pp. 371-392.
  3. Rastigejev Y. and Matalon M. 2006, Numerical Simulation of Flames as Gasdynamic Discontinuities, Combustion Theory and Modelling, 10(3), pp. 459-481.
  4. Metzener P. and Matalon M. 2006, Diffusive-thermal Instabilities in Diffusion Flames: Onset of Cells and Oscillations, Combustion Theory and Modelling, 10(4), pp. 701-725.
  5. Matalon, M., Cui, C. and Bechtold, J., Hydrodynamic Theory of Premixed Flames: Effects of Stoichiometry, Variable Transport Coefficients and Arbitrary Reaction Orders, J. Fluid Mechanics, 487, pp. 179-210, 2003.
  6. Armendariz, J. and Matalon, M., Marangoni Instability at a Liquid-Vapor Interface of a Burning Thin Film, Physics of Fluids, 15(5):1122-1130, 2003.
  7. Kurdyumov V. and Matalon, M., Dynamics of an Edge-Flame in a Mixing Layer, Combustion and Flame, 139(4), pp. 329-339, 2004.
  8. Cheatham, S. and Matalon, M., A General Asymptotic Theory of Diffusion Flames with Application to Cellular Instability, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 414, pp. 105-144, 2000.
  9. Vaynblat D. and Matalon, M., Stability of Pole Solutions for Planar Propagating Flames: I. Exact Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions & II. Properties of Eigenvalues and Eigenfunctions with Implication to Flame Stability, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 60(2), pp. 679-728, 2000.

return to the top


Upcoming Courses

Winter 2007

  • ES_APPM 311-2 Methods of Applied Mathematics
    Section 21 - MWF 11 - 12
    Section 20 - MWF 12 - 1

return to the top