The Adel Sarofim award is presented every two years to a scientist(s) for outstanding advancements in understanding combustion processes, formation of combustion by-products and mechanisms of their health effects. The awardee is selected from a pool of nominated researchers by the Executive Committee of the International Congress on Combustion By-products and Their Health Effects. Awardees are selected for their internationally renown scientific contributions to the fields mentioned above and for exemplary mentorship of students and junior investigators.

History of the award:
The Adel Sarofim Award was originally established to honor Dr. Adel Sarofim, who passed away in Dec 4, 2011 at the age of 77, for advancing our understanding of the mechanisms of pollutant emissions from combustors. At the time of his death, Dr. Sarofim was Senior Staff at Reaction Engineering International, a Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah, and Professor Emeritus: Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He had >350 publications and >5,000 citations and had trained or mentored >80 PhD students. Dr. Sarofim participated in numerous national and international advisory panels and editorial boards. In 2003, he was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering and in 2004, he was awarded the George Westinghouse Gold Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

2017 AWARD was presented to Dr. Angela Violi


The past awardees:
2007 Prof. Adel Sarofim,
2009 Dr. Barry Dellinger (Louisiana State University),
2011 Dr. Bill Suk (Director of the Superfund Research Program),
2013 Drs. Katie Koshland and Donald Lucas (University of California Berkley),
2015 Prof. Kees Olie (University of Amsterdam)

If you would like to nominate a candidate for a future award please send an email to with a subject line A. Sarofim Award Nomination and include an extended biography of the nominee.


Stephania Cormier, Ph.D.
Organizing Chair


  Louisiana State University


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