Dr. Ramanarayanan Balachandran is a Reader in Combustion Technologies at University College Londont-Department of Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his Bachelors degree in Mechanical engineering (with distinction), from Madurai Kamaraj University, India, before joining IIT-Madras, India, from where he obtained his Masters degree based on his research at Department of Aerospace Engineering on pulse combustor and its application to spray evaporation and incineration. He subsequently joined the Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) for his PhD studies and also conducted post-doctoral research in the areas of combustion instabilities and laser diagnostics.

Dr Balachandran publishes his research outputs in international high impact conferences and journals. He has received number of national and international awards such as Distinguished Paper on Turbulent Flames (2015) from the Combustion Institute, Sugden Award (2011) from the Combustion Institute British Section, Most Cited Author Award (2008) from Combustion and Flame (Elsevier Publications) and Instrumentation Award (2004) from Scientific Instrument Makers Company.

Rama Balachandran takes active participation in Institute of Physics (Combustion Physics Group) as the group Secretary. He currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Advances in Mechanical Engineering AIME (SAGE publications).

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