Alejandro Millán Merino

Alejandro Millán Merino

Office: 1.1.D.11 Phone: (+34) 91 624 8394 Email: almillan @


Alejandro Millán studied at Universidad de Málaga (UMA), where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering in 2014. He studied at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) where he obtained a Master's degree in Industrial Mathematics in 2016. At present, he is carrying out a Bachelor’s degree in Physics by Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).

Alejandro finished his PhD thesis under the supervision of prof. Eduardo Fernández and prof. Mario Sánchez in February of 2020 titled "Theoretical and Numerical Analysis of Isolated Ethanol Droplets: Evaporation and Combustion".

He realized two short-term predoctoral research stays in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with host professors F. A. Williams in summer of 2017 and 2018. In 2018 he was invited by the University of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to assist in a novel course of Clean Combustion by The Combustion Institute.

Research Interests

Alejandro's research topics can be situated in fundamental aspects of biofuel combustion. In particular, he is developing reduced chemical kinetic models for alcohol combustion (Methanol and Ethanol), Ethers combustion (Dimethyl Ether) and their mixtures. He is interested in the applications of chemical kinetics models for pollutants reduction (NOx) and efficient engine improvements.
Additionally, he is studying fundamental aspects of droplets combustion and vaporization. Mostly, the effects of chemical kinetic models in droplets autoignition combustion and chemical thermodynamic models for multi-component vaporization.

Teaching Activities

From September 2015 to January 2016 he was worked like assistant professor at Applied Mathematics Area of Material Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Department. Since March 2016 to present, Alejandro is teaching laboratory sessions and coordinating teaching laboratory in fluid dynamics related courses as an assistance professor in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Carlos III International School.
Alejandro supervised the bachelor and master thesis of 4 students and is currently supervising 4 more bachelor thesis, all related with biofuel combustion problems.


1. A. Millán-Merino, E. Fernandez-Tarrazo, M. Sanchez-Sanz, F. A. Williams, A Multipurpose Reduced Mechanism for Ethanol Combustion, Combust. Flame, 193 (2018) 112-122. PDF
2. A. Katoch, A. Millán-Merino, S. Kumar, Measurement of laminar burning velocity of ethanol-air mixtures at elevated temperatures, Fuel, 231 (2018) 37-44. PDF
3. A. Millán-Merino, E. Fernandez-Tarrazo, M. Sanchez-Sanz, F. A. Williams, Modified multipurpose reduced chemistry for ethanol combustion, Combust. Flame, 215 (2020) 221-223. PDF

4. A. Millán-Merino, E. Fernandez-Tarrazo, M. Sanchez-Sanz, Theoretical and numerical analysis of the evaporation of mono and multicomponent single fuel droplets, J. Fluid Mech., Accepted.

5. A. Millán-Merino, E. Fernandez-Tarrazo, M. Sanchez-Sanz, Numerical analysis of the autoignition of isolated wet ethanol droplets immersed in a hot and humid air atmosphere, Combust. Flame, Accepted.
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