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Dr. Artur Witkowski

Associate Lecturer in Chemistry

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB60

+44 (0) 1772 89 4155

awitkowski@uclan.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Fire and Fire Safety

Research interests: Thermal decomposition of solids and pyrolysis mechanisms, material flammability and flame retardancy mechanisms, thermophysical properties and its measurements. Experiments and numerical modelling.

Artur is research active within the area of fire and hazards science and is a member of the Centre for Fire and Hazards Science.

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PhD Fire Chemistry and Modelling, University of Central Lancashire, 2012

MSc Mathematics, Warsaw University, 2004

Background

  • 2014 – present Associate Lecturer in Chemistry, School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
  • 2012 – 2014 Post-doctoral Research Assistant in the Centre of Fire and Hazards, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
  • 03/2011-12/2011 Faculty Research Assistant, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
  • 2008-2011: Graduate Researcher, Centre of Fire and Hazards, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Membership of professional and learned bodies

Associate member of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), May 2009.

Projects

  • Measurement of Kinetics and Thermodynamics of Pyrolysis of Combustible Solids
  • Investigation of Flame Retardant Mechanism of Nanoclay and Carbon Nanotubes on Polymeric Material
  • The Model of Burning of Corrugated Cardboard

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Mathematics and Thermodynamics

Conferences

  • 15th European meeting on fire retardancy and protection of materials (FRPM15), “Development of a Pyrolysis Model for Fire Retardant Cable Sheathing Materials", Berlin, June 2015.
  • Eurofillers and Polymer Blends Conference 2015, “Microscale Investigation of the Interaction of EVA with Fire Retardant Mineral Fillers”, Montpellier, France, April 2015.
  • FRT14, Fire Retardant Technologies, "Computational modelling of polymer decomposition" UK, April 2014.
  • 14th European meeting on fire retardancy and protection of materials (FRPM13), "Thermal Decomposition and Combustion of Cellulosic Material", France, 2013.
  • Fire and Explosion Hazards Seminar “Development of a Model to Predict the Anaerobic Pyrolysis of Corrugated Cardboard”, May 2013.
  • FM Global Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, “Development of a Model to Describe the Flaming Combustion of Double-Wall Corrugated Cardboard”, 2012.
  • 10th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science University of Maryland, “Analysis of Non-Flaming Combustion of Cardboard Char”, USA, 2011.
  • 12th European meeting on fire retardancy and protection of materials (FRPM’09), “Advances in the Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials”, Poland, 2009.
  • Advances in Flame Retardant Materials, BCC Stamford, CT, USA, 2009.
  • FRT09, Fire Retardant Technologies, UK, 2009.

Social Media

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Publications

A. Witkowski, B. Girardin, M. Försth, F. Hewitt, G. Fontaine, S. Duquesne, S. Bourbigot, T. R. Hull, “Development of an Anaerobic Pyrolysis Model for Fire Retardant Cable Sheathing Materials”, Polymer Degradation and Stability, 113, 208-217, 2015.

S. McCreath, J.P. Lewicki, J.J. Liggat, C. Lithgow, L. McCulloch, K. Miller, A. Witkowski, “The thermo-oxidative degradation of poly(4-methylstyrene) and its relationship to flammability”, Polymer Degradation and Stability, 113, 144-153, 2015.

A. Witkowski, A. A. Stec, T. R. Hull, “The influence of metal hydroxide fire retardants and nanoclay on the thermal decomposition of EVA,” Polymer Degradation and Stability, 97, 2231-2240, 2012.

T. R. Hull, A. Witkowski, and L. Hollingbery, “Fire retardant action of mineral fillers,” Polymer Degradation and Stability, 96, 1462–1469, 2011.

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