John Hewson


John Hewson

Mechanical Engineer

Contact Information

John Hewson / (505) 284-9210


Lead physics model development for reacting thermal-fluid applications. Manage relations with internal and external customers to ensure predictive modeling capabilities meet needs. Identify and pursue model development as necessary to meet program requirements. Mentor users of predictive modeling capabilities in the appropriate application of these capabilities. Recent research areas include predicting and mitigating thermal runaway in lithium-ion battery systems, aerosol-flame interactions, soot-radiation interactions in fires, electrochemistry of batteries in varying thermal environments, efficient dewatering of algae and integrated recovery of biomass nutrients.


Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences, University of California, San Diego, 1997

M.S. in Engineering Sciences, University of California, San Diego, 1993

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1990

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John Hewson

Key Publications

S. Liu, J.C. Hewson, J.H. Chen, H. Pitsch “Effects of Strain Rate on High-Pressure Nonpremixed n-Heptane Autoignition in Counterflow” Combust. Flame, 137(3):320-339, 2004, DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2004.01.011.

N.B. Wyatt, L.M. Gloe, P.V. Brady, J.C. Hewson, A.M. Grillet, M.G. Hankins, P.I. Pohl “Critical Conditions for Ferric Chloride Induced Flocculation of Freshwater Algae” Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 08 Sep 2011, 109(2):493-501, DOI: 10.1002/bit.23319.

J.C. Hewson, M. Bollig “Reduced Mechanisms for NOx Emissions from Hydrocarbon Diffusion Flames” Proc. Combust. Inst., 27: 2171-2179, 1996, DOI: 10.1016/S0082-0784(96)80043-9.

X. Zhang, P. Amendola, J.C. Hewson, M. Sommerfeld, Q. Hu “Influence of Growth Phase on Harvesting Chlorella zofingiensis by Dissolved Air Flotation” Bioresource Technology, 116:477-484, 2012, DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2012.04.002.

J.C. Hewson, A.R. Kerstein “Local Extinction and Reignition in Nonpremixed Turbulent CO/H2/N2 Jet Flames” Combust. Sci. Tech., 174 (5-6):35-66, 2002, DOI: 10.1080/713713031.

J.C. Hewson, A.R. Kerstein “Stochastic Simulation of Transport and Chemical Kinetics in Turbulent CO/H2/N2 Flames” Combustion Theory and Modelling, 5:4, 669-697, DOI: 10.1088/1364-7830/5/4/309.