Oct 18, 2019

Fire-retardant foam study attracts fellowship funding

Fire-retardant foam study attracts fellowship funding Research team members Dr Pingan Song and Professor Hao Wang.

Queensland research to develop fire-retardant thermal insulation foams for safer buildings has received a $888,000 boost.

The work at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) comes at a crucial time for global building industries in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire.

Dr Pingan Song, an expert in bio-nano polymers, said buildings around the world still contained the same combustible cladding and insulation materials, which put dwellers at risk of fire.

“Almost all building thermal insulation materials are made from polymer foams, such as polyurethane and polystyrene foams,” Dr Song said.

“Unfortunately, these polymers are intrinsically flammable and pose a high fire risk.”

Dr Song is part of an international research team that includes Zhejiang University (China), University of Lille (France), Texas A&M University (USA), University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of New South Wales, Deakin University, The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland.

The research endeavour, led by USQ Materials and Manufacturing Professor Hao Wang, aims to develop advanced fire-retardant coatings to be applied to rigid polymer foam-based building materials.

It has attracted an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship worth $888,000 in recognition of Dr Song’s role.

More at https://composites.usq.edu.au/.

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