16th International Symposium on Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels

Theme: A World of Diverse Fuels – Latest News from Research, Technology Developments and Field Experiences


Location: Long Beach, California USA

Dates: 8 – 12 September 2019 

Attendees: 169 Delegates, 19 Guests

Chairman: Dietmar Posselt

The Hilton Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, California was the venue for the 16th International Conference organized by the International Association for the Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels. The conference began with an opening reception held at the Hilton Long Beach on Sunday, 8 September, and ended with a closing reception in the Hilton Outside Courtyard Plaza on Thursday, 12 September. The Awards Dinner was held on Wednesday evening on the historical Queen Mary.

There were 169 delegates and 19 spouses/guests in attendance from 16 countries. Delegates viewed 19 poster presentations and 10 company exhibits at the conference. The Keynote address was presented by Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO at LanzaTech. The title of her presentation was “No Carbon Left Behind: Alcohol to Jet”. It was an excellent presentation relating to the theme of the 16th International Conference.

The Chevron Award of Excellence in Honor of John Bacha was presented exceptionally to two young scientists this time. One award was presented to Rachel Deese from U.S. Naval Research Laboratory for her paper entitled: “Profiling of the Organic Nitrogen Compounds in Marginally Stable Diesel Fuels Using GCxGC-Nitrogen Chemiluminescence Detection”. The other awardee was Krege Christison, Chevron Energy Technology Center, USA for his paper entitled: “Exploring Jet Fuel Thermal Oxidative Deposition Through Statistical Analysis of Mass Spectral Data and Characterization of Quartz Crystal Microbalance Deposits”.

There were six paper submissions in total from five countries. The other four young researchers who submitted abstracts for the award were: Soraya Aminane, Onera Université Paris Saclay (France); Chrysovalanti Tsesmeli, National Technical University of Athens (Greece); Matthew Dwyer, The University of Sheffield (UK); Moshe Rabaev, Israeli Air Force (Israel).

The Nahum Por Award was presented to Tedd Biddle, Pratt & Whitney, for his long service to the aviation fuel community and his continuous technical support and advocacy of the IASH vision and mission. IASH Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to the following individuals for their dedicated efforts in the field of various military and commercial fuels throughout their careers:

  • Pamela Serino, Defense Logistics Agency Energy
  • Richard Kamin, Naval Air Systems Command
  • David Evans, Defense Science and Technology

Fifty-one presentations were given in ten sessions that included the following topics. One new topical session ‘Data Analytics and Model Developments’ was included for the first time:

  • Session 1: Fuel Supply Chain Storage, Handling and Logistics
  • Session 2: Fuel Contaminants
  • Session 3: Fuel Additives
  • Session 4: Avgas, Gasoline, Diesel and Marine Fuels
  • Session 5: Thermal Stability
  • Session 6: Data Analytics and Model Developments
  • Session 7: Fuel Microbiology
  • Session 8: Aviation Fuels
  • Session 9: Fuel Testing and Test Methods – Section 1
  • Session 9: Fuel Testing and Test Methods – Section 2
  • Session 10: Fuel Properties and Effects

Conference Proceedings are available to members on-line through the IASH Library at www.iash.net. Contact the IASH Administrator for further information.

The Conference Chairman and the IASH Board of Directors would like to thank all of the presenters for their time and effort in producing excellent presentations and the delegates themselves for supporting the conference by their attendance and active participation. Many thanks to the 12 sponsoring organizations and companies without whose financial support we would have not been able to stage such a memorable 16th International Conference.

Gold Sponsor: Parker Hannifin

Silver Sponsors: Air BP, DLA Energy, Energy Institute, Falex, University of Dayton Research Institute

Exhibitors: Air BP, Conidia Bioscience, ECHA Microbiology, Energy Institute, Falex, PAC, Pamas GmbH, Parker Hannifin, Stanhope Seta, University of Dayton Research Institute

Lanyard Sponsor: Aviation Fuel Projects Consulting

Dietmar Posselt

Conference Chairman / 1st Vice-Chairman IASH