Mario Sánchez Sanz


Phone: (+34) 91 624 6210
Email: mssanz @

Office: 1.1.F05
Av. Universidad, 30.
Edif. Betancourt
28911, Leganés (Madrid)

Mario Sánchez Sanz obtained his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2002.  He joined the PhD program of this university, obtaining his doctorate in May 2007 in the Mathematical Engineering program under the supervision of prof.  Antonio Sanchez and prof. Amable Liñán

During his PhD, Mario stayed for nine moths in the Center of Energy Research of the University of California at San Diego as a visitor researcher in the group of prof. Forman Williams. He also visited during four months the Mathematics Department of the University of East Anglia where he worked with prof. Mark Blyth and prof. Norman Riley.

After his graduation in May 2007, he moved to the School of Aeronautics of the Polytechnic University of Madrid with a postdoctoral fellowship "Juan de la Cierva". In November 2007 he got a position as an assistant professor that he abandoned in September 2011.  During that time, he was awarded two times with the "Jose Castillejo" postdoctoral fellowship (2008 and 2010) for research stays abroad, that he used to initiate a research collaboration with the mechanical departments of Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, led by prof. Mich Smooke and  prof. Carlos Fernández-Pello, respectively, in numerical combustion and Micro ElectroMechanical Systems that is still active.

In September 2011 he moved back to the Fluid Mechanics Department of the University Carlos III as a visiting professor, becoming an associate professor in June 2012. In December 2021 he became full professor of Fluid Mechanics.

Research interest

Mario's research interest focuses on the application of asymptotic, perturbations and numerical methods to the analysis of laminar reacting and non-reacting flows. The previous generic description includes problems of heat and mass transfer, microfluidics, analysis of laminar jets with and without combustion, MEMS, flow batteries, energy storage etc...

Publications:  Full list here

Droplet autoignition simulation : Video

Flames propagating in tubes: Video

Supression of thermoacoustic instabilities: Video

Fractal ultra-lean hydrogen flames: Video1, Video2 Video3

Hydrogen CombustionIDEAL  project)

(with Fernando Veiga,  Eduardo Fernández-Tarrazo, Daniel Martínez-Ruiz, Mike Kuznetsov, Joachim Grune, Physical Review Letters 124 (17) 174501 PDF)

Flame oscillations in narrow channels

(with Fernando Veiga, Daniel Martínez-Ruiz, Physical Review Fluids,  4, 100503 (2019) PDF)

Wire ignition of a premixed flame

(with Fernando Veiga, Daniel Martínez-Ruiz, Eduardo Fernández Tarrazo, Combustion and Flame 201 (2019) 1-11, PDF)


Grants, Awards and Acknowledgements

2020 Paper Featured in Chemistry World: "Amazing slow-motion video catches hydrogen flames going fractal".

2020 Paper Featured in Physics: "Confined Flames Sprout Fingers".

2020 Paper selected in Physical Review Letters Editor's Suggestions (one Letter in six is chosen for this highlighting). Published 1 May 2020.

2018 Winner of the “Milton van Dyke Award”  granted by the Fluid Mechanics division of the American Physical Society. APS/DFD Milton van Dyke Award

2010 Competitive Postdoctoral Travelling Research Grant “José Castillejo” at University of Yale (4 months, grant number JC2009-00363) from the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain.

2008 Competitive Postdoctoral Travelling Research Grant “José Castillejo” at University of Yale (4 months, grant number JC2007-00327) from the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain.

2008 Competitive Postdoctoral Research Grant “Juan de la Cierva” Grant (3 years, grant number 18-08-463B-750) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education.

2003 Competitive Predoctoral Research Grant FPI (4 years, grant number BES-2003-2908) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education.

PhD Students

Rubén Palomeque Santiago, "Premixed hydrogen flames propagation in narrow channels"

Past PhD Students

Desiree Ruiz Martín, "Reactive and non-reactive two-phase flows in slender channels", October 2022

Fernando Veiga López, "Thermoacoustic instabilities in Hele-Shaw cells". June 2020.

Alejandro Millán Merino, "Theoretical and Numerical Analysis of Isolated Ethanol Droplets: Evaporation and Combustion". February 2020.

Marco Rosales Vera, "Estudio asintótico-numérico de la descarga de chorros laminares de gas: efecto del peso molecular", February 2016.

Interesting links

Phd Thesis: Laminar gas jets with extreme jet-to-ambient density ratios

Mechanical Engineering Yale University

Center of Energy ResearchUniversity of California at San Diego

Mathematics department University of East Anglia

Aerothermochemistry (pdf) Aerothermochemistry (Gregorio Millán and T. Von Karman)

Dimensional Analysis (pdf) P. W. Bridgman.