School of Physical Sciences and Computing
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Subject Areas: Chemistry, Fire, Forensic Sciences
Dr Anna Stec is the Reader of fire chemistry and toxicity at University of Central Lancashire. Her work has focused on quantification of toxic hazards in fires, understanding the factors that affect fire gas toxicity, and the relationship between the physiological effects of the concentration and dose of different toxicants. She co-edited Woodhead Publishing’s reference work, Fire Toxicity, in 2010.
In the 5 years since joining UCLan, Dr Stec has established the world’s leading group in fire toxicity. She has 50 publications listed on Scopus and 20 invited book chapters. She co-edited the major reference book “Fire Toxicity”, gave presentations at 22 international conferences and chaired 7 conference sessions. In 2013, Dr Stec was invited to be a member of the editorial board of European Journal of Environmental and Safety Sciences, and of the Springer journal Fire Technology.
Dr Stec is the UK’s designated principal expert on Fire Chemistry, and has a leading role in ISO’s Fire Threat to People and the Environment subcommittee (ISO/TC92/SC3) where she has been project leader for three International Standards: Fire Gas Analysis by FTIR; Analysis of soot particles from fires (inhalation toxicology of nanoparticles) and Sampling and analysis of fire effluents which can harm the environment.
Dr Stec represents the UK on the Management Committee of the highly rated EU Flaretex COST MP1105 project, and is scientific coordinator of the “Toxicological and Environmental Aspects” workpackage. She is UCLan’s PI and leader of two workpackages (Representative small scale tests and Modelling and Materials properties assessment) on the €4 million EU DEROCA project (EU FP7 NMP - Project number 308391), developing safer and more eco-friendly flame retardant materials based on carbon nanotube co-additives. In 2011-2014, Dr Stec was PI of an EPSRC project “Measurement and Prediction of Fire Smoke Toxicity of Materials in Enclosures” where she has set up (off-campus) the Large Instrumented Fire Enclosure (LIFE) facility for the fire toxicity assessment. At the same time, she has also been project manager for “NanoHazTool” project, based in China, involving supervision of 2 PDRAs, and 8 RAs.
At UCLan, Dr Stec currently supervises 3 PhD students (and co-supervise another 2) with 10 successful PhD completions and 2 more at MPhil. In June 2012, she was selected for UCLan’s Research Leaders course to fast-track career development. Recently UCLan recognised the importance of Dr Stec work in investment of the staff and infrastructure in order to support her collaborations with commercial, industrial and governmental organisations in fire research and testingResearcherID: C-9774-2011;
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2013
Chartered Scientist (CSci), The Science Council, 2011
Chartered Chemist (CChem), Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011
Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC),
Royal Society of Chemistry, 2007
Ph.D. in Fire Chemistry, University of Bolton, UK, 2007
MSc (Eng) in Chemistry with Polymer Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, 2003
Fellow of the Higher Education Association (FHEA), Member of the Society for Chemical Industry and International Association for Fire Safety Science.
Stec, Anna A, Hull, T Richard, Lebek, K., Purser, J. A. and Purser, D. A. (2008) The effect of temperature and ventilation condition on the toxic product yields from burning polymers. Fire and Materials, 32 (1). pp. 49-60. ISSN 03080501.
A.A.Stec, T.R.Hull, J.A. Purser, D.A. Purser. Comparison of Toxic Product Yields from Bench-Scale to ISO Room. Fire Safety Journal 44, 62– 70, 2009.
Stec, Anna A and Hull, T Richard (2010) Assessment of the fire toxicity of building insulation materials. Energy and Buildings . ISSN 03787788.
A.A. Stec, J. Readman, P. Blomqvist, D. Gylestam, D. Karlsson, D. Wojtalewicz, B.Z. Dlugogorski Analysis of toxic effluents released from PVC carpet under different fire conditions, Chemosphere, 90 (2013) 65–71.
Fire Toxicity is highly multidisciplinary, ranging from physical science and engineering to analytical chemistry and polymer science to mammalian physiology and toxicology (to understand the effects of, and interactions between toxicants), through to human behaviour and statistical analysis of complex datasets.
Dr Stec's research activities include:
Dr Stec teaches across undergraduate and postgraduate chemistry, forensic and fire courses on the following modules:
EU FP7 NMP (NMP.2012.1.3-1): Development of safer and more Eco-friendly flame Retardant materials based on CNT co-additives for Commodity Applications (DEROCA)
EU COST Action FLARETEX (COST Action number MP1105): Sustainable flame retardancy for textiles and related materials based on nanoparticles substituting conventional chemicals
EPSRC: Measurement and Prediction of Fire Smoke Toxicity of Materials in Enclosures
Development of flammability and toxicity data on novel cable formulations
Fire toxicity of fire retardant materials
Fire toxicity of insulation materials
Development of pyGCMS for analysis of fire effluents
Use of smoke chamber for analysis of fire effluent toxicity
Validation of bench scale fire toxicity assessment by development of a full-scale reference fire scenario
UK Management Committee Member and UK representative (MP1105 UK) to COST Action MP1105
EU COST(MP1105) Scientific Coordinator: Toxicological and Environmental Aspects
Editorial board member of Fire Technology Journal
Scientific Committee Member: International Conference Modern Trends of Fire Protection in Rolling Stone and International Scientific and Technical Conference Emergency Evacuation of People From Buildings
Designated representative of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) to the British Standards (BSI) Hazard to Life from Fire (FSH/16) technical committee
UK’s designated principal expert on fire chemistry to the ISO Fire Threat to People and the Environment subcommittee (ISO/TC92/SC3)
09/2014 Plenary lecture, 8th International Conference on Fire Safety of Buildings, Poland
06/2014 Plenary Lecture, 3rd International Symposium on Flame-Retardant Materials and Technologies, China
02/2014 Lecture, 11th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science University of Canterbury, New Zealand
07/2012 Lecture, 2nd International Symposium on Flame-Retardant Materials and Technologies Chengdu, China
03/2012 Lecture, 243rd National meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS, San Diego, USA
06/2011 Lecture, 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science University of Maryland, USA
06/2011 Lecture, 13th European Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymers, Alessandria, Italy
04/2011 Plenary Lecture, 1st International Scientific and Technical Conference Emergency Evacuation of People From Buildings, Warsaw, Poland
12/2010 Plenary Lecture, 4th International Seminar on Modern Polymeric Materials For Environmental Applications, Cracow, Poland, run together with COST MP0701
09/2010 Lecture, 2010’ International Symposium on Flame-Retardant Materials and Technologies, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
04/2010 Lecture, 6th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Leeds, UK
06/2009 Invited Lecture, 20th Annual Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials, BCC Research, Stamford, USA
04/2009 Invited Lecture, Fire Retardants and Fire Smoke Toxicity, Fire Retardant Technologies, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
09/2009 Lecture, 12th European Conference on Fire Retardancy of Polymeric Materials, Poznan, Poland
09/2008 Lecture, 9th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Karlsruhe, Germany
04/2008 Lecture, 235th National meeting of the American Chemical Society, ACS, New Orleans, USA
07/2007 Lecture, 11th European Conference on Fire Retardancy of Polymeric Materials, Bolton, UK04/2007 Prize winning Presentation, 5th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Edinburgh, UK