Guillermo is Professor of Fire Science at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology.
His research is centred on heat transfer, combustion and fire. The purpose of his work is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. His research portfolio is ample, but over the last 15 years he is best known in three areas: 1) how polymers and wood ignite so we can avoid fires from starting; 2) how engineers can design better structures that resist fire; and 3) how wildfires spread and how to fight them.
He leads the research group Imperial Hazelab, which currently counts with 3 postdocs and 12 PhD students. The group is funded by a range of sponsors, most notably Arup, BASF, EPSRC, and the European Research Council (2015 Consolidator Grant).
His work has been recognised internationally with a number of research awards (e.g. 2018 SFPE Guise Medal, 2017 The Engineer Collaborate-to-Innovate Prize, 2017 Combustion Institute Sugden Award, 2016 SFPE Lund Award).
He is also a motivated teacher, enthusiastic about the education of the next generation of engineers, and passionate about outreach in engineering.
He has been featured in international media (e.g. Financial Times, BBC Radio, New York Times). He appeared in the 2017 documentaries 'Titanic: the New Evidence' and 'The Great Fire of London: In Real Time'.
He was born in Madrid (Spain) and studied Mechanical Engineering at University of California at Berkeley (MSc 2003, PhD 2005), and before than at ICAI Universidad Pontificia Comillas (Ingeniero Industrial, 1999). Guillermo joined Imperial College in 2012 from a previous academic position at the School of Engineering of the University of Edinburgh (2006-2012).
et al., 2017, Detection of landmines in peat soils by controlled smouldering combustion: Experimental proof of concept of O-Revealer, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Vol:88, ISSN:0894-1777, Pages:632-638
et al., 2017, Structural analysis of multi-storey steel frames exposed to travelling fires and traditional design fires, Engineering Structures, Vol:150, ISSN:0141-0296, Pages:271-287
Restuccia F, Huang X, Rein G, 2017, Self-ignition of natural fuels: Can wildfires of carbon-rich soil start by self-heating?, Fire Safety Journal, Vol:91, ISSN:0379-7112, Pages:828-834
Huang X, Rein G, 2017, Downward spread of smouldering peat fire: the role of moisture, density and oxygen supply, International Journal of Wildland Fire, Vol:26, ISSN:1049-8001, Pages:907-918
et al., 2016, Experimental study of the formation and collapse of an overhang in the lateral spread of smouldering peat fires, Combustion and Flame, Vol:168, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:393-402
Huang X, Rein G, 2016, Thermochemical conversion of biomass in smouldering combustion across scales: The roles of heterogeneous kinetics, oxygen and transport phenomena, Bioresource Technology, Vol:207, ISSN:0960-8524, Pages:409-421
Rackauskaite E, Rein G, 2016, Improved formulation of travelling fires and application to concrete and steel structures (vol 3, pg 250, 2015), Structures, Vol:6, ISSN:2352-0124, Pages:182-182
et al., 2016, Pyrolysis and ignition of a polymer by transient irradiation, Combustion and Flame, Vol:163, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:31-41
et al., 2015, Improved Formulation of Travelling Fires and Application to Concrete and Steel Structures, Structures, Vol:3, ISSN:2352-0124, Pages:250-260
Huang X, Rein G, Chen H, 2015, Computational smoldering combustion: Predicting the roles of moisture and inert contents in peat wildfires, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol:35, ISSN:1540-7489, Pages:2673-2681
et al., 2015, Global vulnerability of peatlands to fire and carbon loss, Nature Geoscience, Vol:8, ISSN:1752-0894, Pages:11-14
et al., 2014, Pyrolysis of Medium-Density Fiberboard: Optimized Search for Kinetics Scheme and Parameters via a Genetic Algorithm Driven by Kissinger's Method, Energy & Fuels, Vol:28, ISSN:1520-5029, Pages:6130-6139
Huang X, Rein G, 2014, Smouldering combustion of peat in wildfires: Inverse modelling of the drying and the thermal and oxidative decomposition kinetics, Combustion and Flame, Vol:161, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:1633-1644
et al., 2014, Radiant Ignition of Polyurethane Foam: The Effect of Sample Size, Fire Technology, Vol:50, ISSN:0015-2684, Pages:673-691
Rios O, Jahn W, Rein G, 2014, Forecasting wind-driven wildfires using an inverse modelling approach, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, Vol:14, ISSN:1561-8633, Pages:1491-1503
Bal N, Rein G, 2013, Relevant model complexity for non-charring polymer pyrolysis, Fire Safety Journal, Vol:61, ISSN:0379-7112, Pages:36-44
Hadden RM, Rein G, Belcher CM, 2013, Study of the competing chemical reactions in the initiation and spread of smouldering combustion in peat, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol:34, ISSN:1540-7489, Pages:2547-2553
Stern-Gottfried J, Rein G, 2012, Travelling fires for structural design-Part II: Design methodology, Fire Safety Journal, Vol:54, ISSN:0379-7112, Pages:96-112
Jahn W, Rein G, Torero JL, 2012, Forecasting fire dynamics using inverse computational fluid dynamics and tangent linearisation, Advances in Engineering Software, Vol:47, ISSN:0965-9978, Pages:114-126
MacPhee SL, Gerhard JI, Rein G, 2012, A novel method for simulating smoldering propagation and its application to STAR (Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation), Environmental Modelling & Software, Vol:31, ISSN:1364-8152, Pages:84-98
et al., 2011, Multiscale modeling of transient flows from fire and ventilation in long tunnels, Computers & Fluids, Vol:51, ISSN:0045-7930, Pages:16-29
Bal N, Rein G, 2011, Numerical investigation of the ignition delay time of a translucent solid at high radiant heat fluxes, Combustion and Flame, Vol:158, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:1109-1116
et al., 2011, The influence of travelling fires on a concrete frame, Engineering Structures, Vol:33, ISSN:0141-0296, Pages:1635-1642
Jahn W, Rein G, Torero JL, 2011, Forecasting fire growth using an inverse zone modelling approach, Fire Safety Journal, Vol:46, ISSN:0379-7112, Pages:81-88
et al., 2011, A Novel Multiscale Methodology for Simulating Tunnel Ventilation Flows During Fires, Fire Technology, Vol:47, ISSN:0015-2684, Pages:221-253
et al., 2010, Baseline intrinsic flammability of Earth's ecosystems estimated from paleoatmospheric oxygen over the past 350 million years, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:22448-22453
et al., 2010, Sensor Assisted Fire Fighting, Fire Technology, Vol:46, ISSN:0015-2684, Pages:719-741
et al., 2010, Increased fire activity at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary in Greenland due to climate-driven floral change, Nature Geoscience, Vol:3, ISSN:1752-0894, Pages:426-429
et al., 2009, Round-robin study of a priori modelling predictions of the Dalmarnock Fire Test One, Fire Safety Journal, Vol:44, ISSN:0379-7112, Pages:590-602
Rein G, Cohen S, Simeoni A, 2009, Carbon emissions from smouldering peat in shallow and strong fronts, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol:32, ISSN:1540-7489, Pages:2489-2496
Rein G, 2009, Smouldering Combustion Phenomena in Science and Technology, International Review of Chemical Engineering, Vol:1, Pages:3-18
et al., 2008, The Severity of Smouldering Peat Fires andDamage to the Forest Soil, Catena, Vol:74, ISSN:1872-6887, Pages:304-309
Rein G, Fernandez-Pello AC, Urban DL, 2007, Computational model of forward and opposed smoldering combustion in microgravity, Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, Vol:31, ISSN:1540-7489, Pages:2677-2684
et al., 2006, Application of genetic algorithms and thermogravimetry to determine the kinetics of polyurethane foam in smoldering combustion, Combustion and Flame, Vol:146, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:95-108
Lautenberger C, Rein G, Fernandez-Pello C, 2006, The application of a genetic algorithm to estimate material properties for fire modeling from bench-scale fire test data, Fire Safety Journal, Vol:41, ISSN:0379-7112, Pages:204-214
et al., 2000, Kinetic and fuel property effects on forward smoldering combustion, Combustion and Flame, Vol:120, ISSN:0010-2180, Pages:346-358