Issue 8
Monday, 07 October 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President Research and Innovation Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President Research and Innovation Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski

High honour for fire science expert

By Patrick Nelson

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President Research and Innovation will deliver the 2020 Emmons Invited Plenary Lecture in Canada, an honour bestowed on individuals in recognition of a life-long contribution in fire science and engineering.

Professor Dlugogorski is renowned for his contributions in the field of industrial fire safety and environment protection, especially through innovative development of safe industrial processes. He leads a research group with a strong focus on fire safety, and is engaged in collaborative research and technology transfer.

His personal contributions to the field of fire and process safety and environment protection are in four areas:

(i) formation of toxic compounds in uncontrolled combustion (with focus on emissions of dioxins/furans, PCB and PAH in chemical fires, and from treated and contaminated wood)

(ii) conversion of chlorinated and brominated wastes to useful material (including banned chlorofluorocarbons and halons, and by-product hydrofluorocarbons)

(iii) fire and explosion chemistry (including fundamental studies on chemical mechanisms of self-heating and ignition of coal, sensitisation of emulsion explosives and mitigation of NOx formation in blasting)

(iv) mitigation of industrial fires (firefighting foams, gaseous agents and chemical fires).

Professor Dlugogorski will deliver the lecture at the International Symposium on Fire Safety Science at the University of Waterloo in April 2020.