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Polymer Materials Flammability Research


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.


Name E-mail Phone
Davis, Rick D. 301.975.5901


A series of projects focuses on 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 tools and methodologies to quantify flammability performance, and (3) developing and using novel characterization and analytical tools to understand the fire retardant mechanisms. The projects span very applied applied in nature (e.g., develop and validate approach to quantify the flammability of soft furnishings) to more fundamental (e.g., coorleating nanoparticle architecture with material flammability).

The major focus currently is evalutaing Layer-by-Layer assembly as a platform technology to reduce the flammability of polyurethane foam, foam insulation, and textiles. This approach is intended to be use as an alternative to current fire retardants that are receiving increased enviromental, health, and safety scrutiny, as the process occurs in water, with minimal waste, and uses bio-based polymers and fire retardant systems.


Polymer; Fire retardants; Flammability; Fire; Layer-by-Layer; Nanoparticles; Environment;


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Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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