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Flame Retardants

Yanfei Xu

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Yanfei Xu was awarded “Top 100 Most Influential Scientific Researchers in P. R. China” and had secured Marie-Curie Fellowships with major European institutions and companies, including the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Humboldt University, University of Cambridge, Italian National Research Council, etc.


Flame Retardants Mechanisms of Combustion Flame-retardant Chemistry Materials Polymers Engineering Thermal Property Polymer-based Composited Additives Fillers Challenges and Opportunities Design

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Flame retardants have been applied for reducing fire risk and are responsible for sustaining a high standard of living. In this book, we will first discuss the way how a fire transpires and combustion mechanisms used to reduce fire risk. Then, we will provide an overview on the development of flame-retardant materials. We will especially focus on the development of flame-retardant polymers including fire-resistant polyurethanes foams, epoxy resins, organophosphorus polymers, to name a few. We also discuss how chemistry can help address the challenge of flame retardancy. For example, synthesis of synergistic multicomponent polymers is a promising way to enable flame-retardant polymers to contain heteroatoms such as nitrogen, silicon, sulfur, and boron in combination with phosphorus. This will provide a wide range of specific interactions, compared to the decomposition of phosphorus structures. Moreover, we will address the challenges that remain to improve current flame-retardant polymers. We aim to pave the way for developing more effective and nonintrusive next generation flame-retardant polymers. The success of developing of flame-retardant polymers also depends on the sustainability, durability, scalability, safety, and ability to impart desired functionality without conferring environmental problems.

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Date completed: September 4th 2020

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Yanfei Xu

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Yanfei Xu joined the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department at University of Massachusetts Amherst as an assistant professor in 2019. Before joining UMASS, from 2013-2018, she was a postdoctoral associate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was active in pursuit of turning polymer insulators into heat conductors. Before joining MIT, from 2011-2013, she passionately pursued GENIUS research funded by European Commission — printable organic electronics, and secured Marie-Curie Fellowships with major European institutions and companies, including the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Humboldt University, University of Cambridge, Italian National Research Council, Université de Strasbourg, and the headquarters of BASF SE. She received Ph.D. in Chemistry from Nankai University, where she was awarded “Top 100 Most Influential Scientific Researchers in P. R. China”.

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