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Dr Artur Witkowski

Lecturer in Forensic Science
School of Natural Sciences
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Dr. Artur Witkowski teaches a wide range of science subjects including mathematics, thermodynamics, statistics and research methods for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students. Dr. Witkowski is enthusiastic about both the practice and philosophy of teaching and find it a very worthwhile activity. Building students competency and confidence is the biggest single reward of his role.

Dr. Artur Witkowski has been teaching and researching in areas of Forensic Science at UCLan since 2008, as a PhD student, post-doctoral researcher, and lecturer. His work has focused on fire science, in particular pyrolysis modelling of combustible solids. He is also teaching a wide range of science subjects including mathematics, thermodynamics, statistics and research methods for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students. The main aim of Dr. Witkowski’s research interest is to unravel the complex behaviour of decomposing polymers or composites tested in fire laboratory, and hence identify the processes occurring during burning using numerical model Thermakin, which combines analytical data, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Artur has been lecturing and conducting research at the University of Central Lancashire since 2008. During this time he established international cooperation with the University of Maryland, University of Lille and SP National Testing Institute in Sweden in the field of pyrolysis modeling. This collaboration led to an invitation to contribute a chapter in SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering. His ability to liaise effectively and professionally with external institutions and colleagues is reflected by invited presentations at international conferences. Dr. Witkowski is also serving as a reviewer of several international journals (e.g. Polymer Degradation and Stability, Materials, Polymers). He supervises PhD students. He has peer-reviewed publications, conference papers and book chapters. His articles were cited in numerous publications worldwide.

  • PhD Fire Chemistry and Modelling, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • MSc Mathematics, Warsaw University, 2004
  • Fire and Fire Safety
  • Thermal decomposition of solids and pyrolysis mechanisms
  • Material flammability and flame retardancy mechanisms
  • Thermophysical properties and its measurements
  • Experiments and numerical modelling
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Referee for Journals: Polymer Degradation and Stability, Fire Technology, Polymers, Nanomaterials and Materials
  • STEMH Ethics Committee Reviewer