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Polymer Materials Flammability Research

Location

Engineering Laboratory, Fire Research Division

RO# Location
50.73.31.B7100 Gaithersburg, MD

Please note: This Agency only participates in the February and August reviews.

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Davis, Rick D. rick.davis@nist.gov 301.975.5901

Description

A research portfolio aimed at reducing the flammability of materials and products by (1) developing and evaluating innovative fire retardant chemistry and engieering technologies, (2) developing and validating new testing and computational tools and methodologies to quantify flammability performance, and (3) developing and using novel characterization and analytical tools to understand fire retardant mechanisms. The projects span across very applied in nature (e.g., determining to what extent a firefighter may be exposed to PFAS species from their gear) to more fundamental (e.g., developing and using computational tools to understand fire retardant mechanisms).

More information about the fire research group I manage is available here: https://www.nist.gov/el/fire-research-division-73300/flammability-reduction-73304

The 3 main projects in the group are:

Exposure of firefighter's to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from their gear (FFG): https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/measurement-science-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas

Engineered Fire Safe Products: https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/engineered-fire-safe-product

Low Heat Release Rate Furniture: https://www.nist.gov/programs-projects/low-heat-release-upholstered-furniture

 

Keywords:
PFAS; Fire and materials testing; Fire and products testing; Polymer; Fire retardant technologies; Flammability; Fire; Fire Chemistry

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$72,750.00 $3,000.00
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