Judit Zádor

Judit  Zádor, Senior Member of Technical Staff Combustion Chemistry Department

Judit Zádor, Senior Member of Technical Staff, Combustion Chemistry Department


I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, except for a few early years that I lived in Moscow, Russia. While obtaining a Degree in Chemistry at the Eötvös University, I worked in the group of Prof. Tamás Turányi to study correlations and uncertainties in combustion kinetic models. I spent the last year of my undergraduate studies in Leeds, U.K., as an Erasmus student working with Prof. Mike Pilling, who introduced me to atmospheric chemistry. After completing my PhD in Hungary on further analysis of chemical kinetic models, I spent a year doing discharge flow experiments at the Chemical Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, mentored by Dr. Sándor Dóbé. I started working at the Combustion Chemistry Department of Sandia in 2007 under the supervision of Dr. Craig A. Taatjes and Dr. James A. Miller (now at Argonne), studying a wide variety of combustion relevant elementary reactions, mostly using theoretical methods. I was hired as a senior staff member in the Chemistry Department in 2010.

Research Interests

Theoretical reaction kinetics; Combustion chemistry; Atmospheric chemistry; Uncertainty analysis; Automatic reaction pathway search.


PhD in Physical Chemistry, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary (2006); Chemistry Diploma, Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary (2002); Erasmus student, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom (2005-6)

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Distinguished Paper on Reaction Kinetics at the 32nd International Combustion Symposium (2009); Hungarian Chemical Society’s Award for
  • Outstanding Master Theses (2002); 1st in the Hungarian National High School Chemistry Contest (1997)Combustion Institute (2007-);
  • Reaction Kinetics and Photochemistry Working Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2000-); Royal Society of Chemistry (2005)

Selected Publications

Zádor, J., Huang, H., Welz, O., Zetterberg, J., Osborn, D.L., Taatjes, C.A.: Directly measuring reaction kinetics of QOOH – a crucial but elusive intermediate in hydrocarbon autoignition. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013 15 10753-10760.

Welz, O., Klippenstein, S.J., Harding, L.B., Taatjes, C.A., Zádor, J.: Unconventional peroxy chemistry in alcohol oxidation: The water elimination pathway. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 2013 4 350-354.

Zádor, J., Taatjes, C.A., and Fernandes, R.X.: Kinetics of elementary reactions in low-temperature autoignition chemistry. Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 2011 37 371-421.

Zádor, J., Jasper, A.W., and Miller, J.A.: The reaction between propene and hydroxyl. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2009 11 11040–11053.

Fernandes, R.X., Zádor, J., Jusinski, L.E., Taatjes, C.A., and Miller, J.A.: Formally direct pathways and low-temperature chain branching in hydrocarbon autoignition: The cyclohexyl + O2 reaction at high pressure. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2009 11 1320-1327.

Zádor, J., Fernandes, R.X., Georgievskii, Y., Meloni, G., Taatjes, C.A., and Miller, J.A.: The reaction of hydroxyethyl radicals with O2: A theoretical analysis and experimental product study. Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, 2009 32 271-277.

Kovács, G., Zádor, J., Farkas, E., Nádasdi, R., Szilágyi, I., Dóbé, S., Bérces, T., Márta, F., and Lendvay, G.: Kinetics and mechanism of the reactions of CH3CO and CH3C(O)CH2 radicals with O2. Low-pressure discharge flow experiments and quantum chemical computations. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2007 9 4142-4154.

Zádor, J., Wagner, V., Wirtz, K., and Pilling, M.J.: Quantitative assessment of uncertainties for a model of tropospheric ethene oxidation using the European Photoreactor (EUPHORE). Atmospheric Environment, 2005 39 2805-2817.

Zsély, I.G., Zádor, J., and Turányi, T.: Similarity of sensitivity functions of reaction kinetic models. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2003 107 2216-2238.


Sandia National Laboratories
CaliforniaP.O. Box 969
CA 94551-0969
Phone: 925- 294-3603
E-mail: jzador@sandia.gov