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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



Yong Ren TAN joined the CoMo group in 2018 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. His PhD is generously funded by the joint contribution from Fitzwilliam College (Kwok Family-Lee Kuan Yew PhD Scholarship), Trinity College (Trinity-Henry Barlow Scholarship), Cambridge Trust and Cambridge-CARES Studentship Award.

Yong Ren's PhD research topic is focused on the topic of clean combustion. In particular, he investigates of the effect of low-carbon fuels (oxygenated hydrocarbons) in soot formation during combustion. He employs a range of experimental methods to help further understanding the influence of different oxygenated functional groups in the formation of soot during combustion. Some of the experimental techniques that he used in his studies are colour ratio pyrometry and differential mobility spectrometry.

Prior to his PhD, he has worked in Cambridge CARES Ltd as a Research Engineer, researching on the sooting tendencies of oxygenated hydrocarbons. He has two years of industry experience working as a Management Associate in the telecommunications sector. He is also a graduate from Imperial College London and is awarded with a first class honours in BSc Chemistry. He has also received the Imperial College London Departmental Prize for Outstanding Overall BSc Performance.

Research profile

ORCID: 0000-0002-8029-9027


Member of the Computational Modelling group, Prof Markus Kraft

Research interests:

  • Clean combustion
  • Carbon-neutral fuels
  • Energy



BSc (Hons.) Chemistry, Imperial College London, 2014


Key publications: 
  1. Y. R. Tan, M. Salamanca, J. Bai, J. Akroyd, M. Kraft, Structural effects of C3 oxygenated fuels on soot formation in ethylene coflow diffusion flames, Technical Report 261, c4e-Preprint Series, Cambridge, 2020. URL
  2. Y. R. Tan, M. Salamanca, L. Pascazio, J. Akroyd, M. Kraft, The effect of poly(oxymethylene) dimethyl ethers (PODE3) on soot formation in ethylene/PODE3 laminar coflow diffusion flames, Fuel, Volume 283, 2021, 118769. DOI
  3. Y. R. Tan, M. L. Botero, Y. Sheng, J. A. H. Dreyer, R. Xu, W. Yang, M. Kraft, Sooting characteristics of polyoxymethylene dimethyl ether blends with diesel in a diffusion flame, Fuel, Volume 224, 2018, Pages 499-506. DOI


Other publications: 
  1. X. Han, W. Yao, T. Wang, Y. R. Tan, Z. Yan, J. Kwiatkowski, Y. Lu, Y., Asymmetric Synthesis of Spiropyrazolones through Phosphine‐Catalyzed [4+1] Annulation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, Volume 53, Pages 5643-5647. DOI
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