Dr Dawei Zhang, a PhD graduate of PolyU Department of Mechanical Engineering, won the Young Investigator Award in the 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC 2017) held in Sydney, Australia on 10-14 December 2017.  He presented a paper “Hypergolic Ignition Induced by Binary Collision of TMEDA and WFNA Droplets: Non-Monotonic Effects of Impact Parameter”. The corresponding author of the paper is his PhD supervisor, Dr Peng Zhang. Mr Yicheng Chi, a PhD student of Dr Peng Zhang, collected the award as a delegate at ASPACC 2019 held in Fukuoka, Japan on 1-5 July 2019.

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Combustion (ASPACC) is a biennial event sponsored by the Combustion Institute and organized by members of the Asia-Pacific regional sections. Its goal is to promote the exchange of information and to elevate combustion science and technology through regional and global scientific partnership. ASPACC provides a forum for mutual exchange of information in the Asia-Pacific combustion community involved in both fundamental and application-oriented research and development works. In ASPACC 2017, six winners of the Young Investigator Awards from different regions were selected by the Conference Scientific Committee from nearly 400 papers.

Dr Dawei Zhang received his PhD degree under the supervision of Dr Peng Zhang in 2018. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of State Key Laboratory of High Temperature Gas Dynamics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.