Argonne National Laboratory

Aleksandr (Alex) Fridlyand

Postdoctoral Appointee

My research is primarily focused on studying the autoignition behavior of conventional and future transportation fuels. The aim of my research is develop better understanding of the combustion chemistry of fuels and improve the predictive capabilities of chemical kinetic models through experiments with a Rapid Compression Machine and Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) with Global Sensitivity Analysis (GSA).

Previously, my PhD research focused on studying the high-temperature and high-pressure combustion chemistry related to soot formation, advanced aviation engines, and biodiesel combustion. In these efforts, I developed specialization in shock tube experiments, gas sampling with GC/MS analysis, and chemical kinetic model development.

Professional Education

PhD in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014

BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009

Professional Memberships

Combustion Institute


A. Fridlyand, K. Brezinsky, A. Mandelbaum, “N-Heptane Pyrolysis and Oxidation in Ethylene–Methane and Iso-Octane Mixtures.” J Propuls Power, 29, 732–43 (2013). (online)

A. Fridlyand, P.T. Lynch, R.S. Tranter, K Brezinsky, “Single Pulse Shock Tube Study of Allyl Radical Recombination.” J Phys Chem A, 117, 4762–76 (2013). (online)

A. Fridlyand, S.S. Goldsborough, K. Brezinsky, S.S. Merchant, W.H. Green, “Influence of the double bond position on the oxidation of decene isomers at high pressures and temperatures.” Proc Combust Inst, 35, 333–40 (2015). (online)

A. Fridlyand, S.S. Goldsborough, K. Brezinsky, “Chemical Kinetic Influences of Alkyl Chain Structure on the High Pressure and Temperature Oxidation of a Representative Unsaturated Biodiesel: Methyl Nonenoate.” J Phys Chem A, (2015). (online