Professor Alison Tomlin

Professor Alison Tomlin


I gained a combined honours BSc in Mathematics and the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Leeds in 1987. I then pursued a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Leeds on the topic of nonlinear chemical kinetic systems. After graduation I took up Post Doctoral positions first at Leeds and then at Princeton University before joining the Department of Fuel and Energy at Leeds as a lecturer in 1994. My research interests cover a range of topics from the combustion of alternative fuels, to the air quality impacts of combustion and city wide assessments of low carbon renewable potential. The development of high resolution, detailed models underlies my work and I have a particular interest in the development of methods for tracking uncertainties within model predictions.

I was a member of AQEG (Air Quality Expert Group) that provides advice to DEFRA on air quality (2012-2018).

I was joint editor of the Elsevier journal "The Proceedings of the Combustion Institute" along with Volker Sick from the University of Michigan (2012-2018).

I am also a member of the management board of the COST action network group SMARTCATS (CM1404) promoting the use of smart energy carriers on a large scale in order to increase fuel flexibility and carbon efficiency of energy production and to support distributed energy generation strategies.

I recently co-authored a book entitled "The Analysis of Kinetic Reaction Mechanisms" with Tamas Turányi from Eötvos Lorand University in Budapest.


  • Head of the Clean Combustion Research Group

Research interests

  • Detailed Models for Cleaner Fuel Combustion
  • Environmental Model Evaluation and Uncertainty Analysis
  • Renewable Fuels in Transport and Transport Impacts on Climate and Air Quality
  • Small-scale Wind Energy
  • Wind Resource Assessment for Urban Regions
  • Applications in Aviation/Aerospace


  • BSc Mathematics and the History and Philosohpy of Science
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Combustion Institute

Student education

In the session 2015-2016 I contribute to the following modules:

  • CAPE5421M/CAPE3421:  Atmospheric Pollution: Impacts and Controls
  • CAPE5401M/CAPE3401:  Combustion Theory and Design
  • CAPE1010: Introduction to Process Engineering
  • CAPE5010M: Research Project (MEng)
  • CAPE5000M: Research Project (MSc)
  • CDT Research Mini-Project in BioEnergy

Research groups and institutes

  • Clean Combustion
  • Sustainable Low Carbon Futures
  • Centre for Computational Engineering

Current postgraduate researchers

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