Fire-safe Polymers

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Regulations in fire-safe materials are changing rapidly, creating tension in the industry: most fire-resistant materials contain toxic components. Our researchers are developing a new generation of fireproof materials that are equally safe and flame-retardant that can be used in carpeting, building materials, clothing and moreā€”and exploring new ways to contain and protect property from wildfires.

Institutes, centers and labs related to Fire-safe Polymers

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Computational Fire Dynamics Laboratory

Advances fundamental fire science (e.g. microgravity combustion, solid pyrolysis) and studies the fire behaviors in unique conditions (e.g. aircraft, spacecraft, forest fire).

Faculty who conduct research in Fire-safe Polymers

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Hatsuo Ishida

Distinguished Research Professor
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops advanced benzoxazine resins, thermosetting resins based on natural renewable materials and green flame retarding systems

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Ya-Ting Liao

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Creates computational models of combustion, fire and fire behavior and develops fire-resistant structures

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David Schiraldi

Peter A. Asseff, PhD, Professor of Organic Chemistry
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops bio-based, flame-retarded plastics, polymer aerogels and packaging materials; and studies properties of polyesters

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Fumi Takahashi

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Develops fire safety technologies and investigates combustion phenomena for practical applications

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Jim Tien

Leonard Case Jr. Professor of Engineering
Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Researches the effect of gravity on combustion and flammability of solid materials with applications in space exploration

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Gary Wnek

Department Chair, Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Joseph F. Toot, Jr., Professor of Engineering
Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Develops advanced polymers for packaging, biomaterial applications and more.