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Oral presentations will include academic/government/industry experts in chosen areas discussing their discoveries and developments in the preparation, structure and properties of layered systems. The program will be organized similar to that of a Gordon Conference, with morning and evening sessions, and afternoons devoted to networking.

Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to:


  • Flame Retardant Chemistry

  • Polymer Nanotechnology for Flame Retardant Applications

  • Flame Retardant Surface Treatments

  • Fire and Thermal Polymer Degradation Modeling

  • Processing and Preparation of Flame Retardant Materials

  • Combustion Structure and Property Relationships

  • Fire Testing and Methodology

  • Regulations, Codes & Standards of Fire and Environmental Safety


A poster session for students who cannot present oral talks is expected as well to occur during one (or more) of the evening networking events. 

Invited Speakers

  • Prof. Serge Bourbigot (University of Lille, France)

  • Prof. Todd Emrick( University of Massachusetts – Amherst)

  • Prof. Gaelle Fontaine (University of Lille, France)

  • Dr. Sabyasachi Gaan (EMPA, Switzerland)

  • Prof. Hatsuo Ishida (Case Western Reserve University)

  • Prof. Baljinder Kandola (University of Bolton, UK)

  • Dr. Rich Lyon (FAA)

  • Dr. Ravi Mosurkal (US Army CCDC)

  • Prof. Bernhard Schartel (BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany)

  • Prof. Hao Wang (University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

  • Prof. Yu-Zhong Wang (Sichuan University, China)

  • Prof. Carl Eric Wilen (Abo Akademi University, Finland) 

  • Dr. Mauro Zammarano (NIST)