Baljinder K Kandola
Professor of Materials Fire Science, University of Bolton – Vice Chair of COST Action MP1105
Prof. Baljinder K Kandola is a Professor of Materials Fire Science at University of Bolton, UK. She has expertise in flammability and fire retardancy of natural fibres, thermoplastic fibre-forming polymers, thermoset resins and fibre-reinforced structural composites. Her research work involves incorporation of reactive/additive including nanofiller flame retardants into polymers by melt blending, in-situ polymerisation or as surface treatments and the study of the combustion behaviour of modified polymers. Her other interest is to study the effects of flame retardant treatments on residual mechanical properties of fire/heat exposed fibre-reinforced polymeric composites. This also includes development of a predictive mathematical model to establish relationship between amount of flame retardant, flammability of the composite laminate and its mechanical properties before and after fire/heat exposure. To date she has published over 100 refereed papers in recognized journals and 2 edited texts.