Dr. Artur Witkowski

Lecturer in Forensic Science

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

JB Firth Building, JBF105

+44 (0) 1772 89 4155

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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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 skills for science modules 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.

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. International collaboration with University of Maryland, University of Lille and SP national Testing Institute in Sweden in the field of pyrolysis modelling 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 11 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 has successfully supervised two PhD students to completion. He has 6 peer-reviewed publications, 3 conference papers and 2 book chapters. His articles were cited in more than 210 publications worldwide.


  • PhD Fire Chemistry and Modelling, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • MSc Mathematics, Warsaw University, 2004


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


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.

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

Witkowski, Artur, Stec, Anna A and Hull, T Richard (2012) The influence of metal hydroxide fire retardants and nanoclay on the thermal decomposition of EVA. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 97 (11). pp. 2231-2240. ISSN 01413910

Witkowski, Artur, Zhou, Rongrong, Hull, T Richard and Stec, Anna A (2012) Py-GC/MS and TGA-FTIR Studies of Fire retardant Polyacrylonitrate Based Copolymers Containing Nanoclay. Polymer degredation and Stability . ISSN 0141-3910

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Research activities and projects

Fire Chemistry and Fire Science, with particular emphasis on pyrolysis modelling of combustible solids.

  • 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

Mathematics is the queen of all sciences, and he has enjoyed teaching it in University for the last 10 years. Currently he teaches mathematics, physical chemistry and statistics to the foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate students.

External affiliations

  • Referee for Journals: Polymer Degradation and Stability, Fire Technology, Polymers, Nanomaterials and Materials
  • STEMH Ethics Committee Reviewer


6th International Technical Textiles Congress “Development of a Pyrolysis Models for Polymer Composites", Izmir, Turkey, October 2015.

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", Lille, France, 2013.