Murray J. Thomson


Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Associate Chair of Graduate Studies

Tel: 416-573-1022
Office: MC335
Research Group: Thomson Lab

Research Area


Research Interests

Alternative energy; combustion experiments and modelling; biofuel flames and engines; air pollution formation and control; spectroscopy and optical sensors.


Dr. Murray Thomson is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto where he is the Director of the Combustion Research Laboratory. He is also cross-appointed with the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. He received a BEng from McGill University (1986) and PhD from University of California, Berkeley (1994).

Professor Thomson is the Director of the NSERC CREATE Program in Clean Combustion Engines. He is on the organizing committee of the biennial International Sooting Flame Workshop, and the Board of Directors of the Canadian Section of the Combustion Institute. He is on the editorial board of the Combustion and Flame.

Professor Thomson’s research is in the area of combustion with a focus on pollutant formation, biofuels, combustion modeling, material synthesis and optical sensors. He has supervised the thesis research of 91 graduate students and published 96 journal publications. He has developed 4 sensors that had patent applications and were commercialised with Canadian partner companies (Tenova, Unisearch and Resonance). He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).