Albina Tropina

Research Professor

Albina Tropina Web

Office: HRBB 607D
Phone: 979.845.0716

Personal Website

Research Interests

  • Plasma assisted combustion
  • Ignition by plasma discharges
  • Turbulent flows
  • Ignition systems for engines

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguishing badge “Honorary Professor of Science”, Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, 2016
  • Visiting Scientist, Applied Physics Lab of Princeton University, Aug.- Dec. 2015 , July- Aug. 2014
  • A Badge of honor of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science, 2013
  • Window on Science Program of AFOSR, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Fulbright Grant US Department of State, Princeton University, 2009-2010


  • Dr. of Sciences Degree- Mechanics of liquid, gas and plasma, National Aviation University, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Ph.D. - Mechanics of liquid, gas and plasma, V.N. Karazin National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine
  • M.S. - V.N. Karazin National University,Kharkiv, Ukraine, School of mechanics and mathematics

Selected Publications

Tropina A.A., Shneider M.N., Miles R.B. Dual-laser pulse ignition. AIAA Paper 2017- 1972, 55th AIAA SciTech Conference , 9 - 13 January 2017, Grapevine, Texas, USA

Tropina A.A., Shneider M.N., Miles R.B. Ignition by Short Duration, Nonequilibrium Plasma: Basic Concepts and Applications in Internal Combustion Engines, Combustion Science and technology, vol.188, p.831-852.

Tropina A.A., Shneider M.N., Miles R.B. Femtosecond laser discharge and small scale turbulence. AIAA Paper 2016- 0461, 54th AIAA SciTech Conference , 4 -8 January 2016, San-Diego, CA, USA.

Plasma assisted combustion, gasification, and pollution control: volume 2. combustion and gasification, Outskirts Press, 2015, ISBN-10: 1478769203, P. 166-202.

M.R. Edwards, C. Limbach, R. B. Miles, A. Tropina. Limitations on High-Spatial Resolution Measurements of Turbulence Using Femtosecond Laser Tagging. AIAA Paper 2015- 1219, 53th AIAA SciTech Conference , 5 - 9 January 2015, Kissimmee, FL.

A.A. Tropina, A.P. Kuzmenko, S.V. Marasov, D.V. Vilchinsky . Ignition system based on the nanosecond pulsed discharge // IEEE Trans. on Plasma Sci. – 2014. – Vol.42.- Issue 12 – P.3881-3885.

A.A. Tropina, M. Shneider, R. Miles. Turbulent Cascade Process in Arc Driven Plasma Channels//AIAA Paper 2014- 0668, 52th AIAA SciTech Conference , 13-17 January 2014, National Harbor, Maryland.

A.A. Tropina, M. Shneider, R. Miles. Dynamics of a Laser-Induced Filament Supported and Controlled by a Direct Current Discharge // AIAA paper-2013-0921, 51th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 7-10 January 2013, Grapevine, Texas.

A.A. Tropina, M.N. Shneider, R.B. Miles. Ignition delay time and laminar flame velocity for a combined laser-microwave ignition// IEEE Trans. on Plasma Sci. - 2011. − V.39. − P.3263-3268.

A.A. Tropina, M. Uddi, Y. Ju. Non-equilibrium plasma influence on the minimum ignition energy. Part 1: Discharge model.// IEEE Trans. on Plasma Science, 2011, Vol. 39, P.615-633.