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Dr Jon Runyon

Research Associate

Gas Turbine Research Centre, Energy Research Building (ECM2), Heol Cefn Gwrgan, Margam, Port Talbot, SA13 2EZ


I currently work as a postdoctoral research associate at Cardiff University’s Gas Turbine Research Centre on the WEFO FLEXIS project, evaluating the combustion of low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen and ammonia for power generation and aviation, developing new projects with UK and international academic and industrial partners, liaising with gas turbine manufacturers and users, disseminating research findings in various formats, engaging with the wider community as a STEM ambassador, and contributing to undergraduate and graduate level education in the university.  Previous projects include Co-Investigator on a Renishaw-Cardiff University Strategic Partnership project (£35k) evaluating additive manufacturing for gas turbine combustion, postdoctoral research associate on the EPSRC Advanced Gas Turbine Cycles project (EP/M015300/1) with Imperial College and funded PhD through the EPSRC Flex-E-Plant project (EP/K021095/1).


  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Cardiff University (2017)
  • Mechanical Engineer, Fixed Equipment Reliability Group, ExxonMobil Torrance, California Oil Refinery (2010-2013)
  • BSc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida (2009)

Honours and awards

  • ASME Young Engineers Turbo Expo Participation Award (2019)
  • ASME International Gas Turbine Institute Student Scholarship (2016)

Professional memberships

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Combustion Institute, British Section
  • UK Fluids Network Combustion Special Interest Group
  • European Turbine Network Hydrogen Working Group
  • European Turbine Network Additive Manufacturing Working Group
  • UKCCSRC Early Career Researcher
  • UK STEM Ambassador

Academic positions

  • 2017 - present:  Research Associate, Cardiff University

Speaking engagements

  • UKCCSRC Spring Web Series, 'CCS and Hydrogen: Hydrogen Combustion, gas turbines and prospects for 100% Hydrogen' (2020)
  • Panel chair, 'Careers: start-ups, academia, industry and beyond', Combustion Institute Summer School, Cambridge University (2019)
  • Guest interview, 'A Plan to Save the World: Live Episode', Inside the Petri Dish Podcast (2019)

Committees and reviewing

  • European Turbine Network (ETN) Young Engineers Committee
  • Journal Reviewer, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science
  • Journal Reviewer, Energy & Fuels
  • Conference Paper Reviewer, ASME Turbo Expo












Past projects