Alexander Josephson

Raised in Richland, WA, I received my undergraduate at the University of Washington in Bioresource and Science Engineering. That is roughly equivalent to a Chemical Engineering degree but with a bit more focus on industries which use biomass as a feed stock (pulp and paper, biofuels, etc.) While at the UW I participated in summers of internships with Kemira, a chemical supplier, where I assisted in the technical sales team at three different pulp and paper mills in Longview, WA. Also I was a research assistant in the Universities Paper Lab where the bulk of our research centered on contracts with industrial partners. I chose to come to BYU in the summer of 2014 as a graduate student as BYU was close to family and a decent school to pursue a graduate degree.

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Alexander Josephson


My research deals with the soot formation process in combustion environments with a complex solid fuel. I started with a joint project between the UoU, UC-Berkeley, and BYU, where exascale computing was to be used to simulate a full-scale oxy-coal combustor. I was in the physics team dealing with soot formation from coal. Since then I've started a student research position at Los Alamos National Lab where I've expanded the soot modeling to wood systems in order to predict particle emissions from wildfires. From a particle formation point-of-view, coal and wood are similar fuels and the work of both projects and comparable and in many ways complementary.


·      A.J. Josephson, R.R. Linn, D.O. Lignell, "Detailed Modeling of Soot Formation from Solid Fuels," 9th FM Global Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, May 9-10, 2017, Norwood, Massachusetts, United States.

·      A.J. Josephson, T.H. Fletcher, D.O. Lignell, "Modeling Soot in Coal Systems," 10th US National Combustion Meeting, April 23-26, 2017, College Park, Maryland, United States.

·      N.D. Gaffin, A.J. Josephson, D.O. Lignell, "Bayesian Optimization and Soot Consumption," Utah Conference of Undergraduate Research, February 17, 2017, Orem, Utah, United States.

·      A.J. Josephosn, N.D. Gaffin, D.O. Lignell, "Soot Nucleation and Consumption in Oxy-Coal Systems," 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting, November 13-18, 2016, San Francisco, California, United States.

·      A.J. Josephson, N.D. Gaffin, D.O. Lignell, "Soot Consumption in Oxy-Coal Systems," Western States Section of the Combustion Institute Spring 2016 Meeting, March 21-22, 2016, Seattle, Washington, United States.

·      A.J. Josephson, D.O. Lignell, "Soot Formation and Secondary Pyrolysis in Oxy-Coal Combustion with Large-Eddy Simulation," 2015 AIChE Annual Meeting, November 8-13, 2015, Salt Lake CIty, Utah, United States.

·      A.J. Josephson, D.O. Lignell, "Simulating soot formation in oxy coal combustion using large-eddy simulation," Western States Section of the Combustion Institute Fall 2015 Meeting, October 5-6, 2015, Provo, Utah, United States.

·      A.J. Josephson, B.J. Isaac, D.O. Lignell, T.H. Fletcher, "Large eddy simulation of an oxy-coal combustor," 9th Meeting of the U.S. Joint Sections of the Combustion Institute, May 17-20, 2015, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.

·      D.O. Lignell, B.J. Isaac, A.J. Josephson, T.H. Fletcher, J.N. Thornock, "Large eddy simulation of soot formation in an oxy-coal combustor," 15th International Conference on Numerical Combustion, April 19-22, 2015, Avignon, France.

·      T.H. Fletcher, D.O. Lignell, T.M. Holland, A.J. Josephson, A.P. Richards, "Coal Particle Combustion," The 2015 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Annual Review Symposium, March 11-12, 2015, Sante Fe, New Mexico, United States.


  • Josephson, A. J.; Gaffin, N. D.; Smith, S. T.; Fletcher, T. H.; Lignell, D. O. Modeling Soot Oxidation and Gasification with Bayesian Statistics Energy & Fuels 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.7b00899   
  • Josephson, A. J.; Lignell, D. O.; Brown, A. L.; Fletcher, T. H. Revision to Modeling Soot Derived from Pulverized Coal Energy & Fuels 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01007