Professor Bogdan Dlugogorski develops firefighting foams that are effective against industrial fires but do not contain fluorosurfactants. He also studies the formation and mitigation of pollutants in combustion processes, such as NOx in detonations and brominated dioxins from oxidation of brominated flame retardants. He also has interest in refining lithium ores to lithium chemicals, spontaneous fires and energetic materials.
Professor Dlugogorski is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Research and Innovation at Charles Darwin University. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Chemist with a distinguished record as a researcher, inventor and academic leader. He holds a DSc in Fire Safety Science and Engineering (Newcastle), PhD and MEng in Chemical Engineering (Montreal, McGill), and undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Geophysics (Calgary).
Professor Dlugogorski is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Combustion Institute, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Engineers Australia and Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He is the Immediate Past Chairman of International Association for Fire Safety Science.
Among the former PhD students, 14 are now academics in Australia (University of Western Australia, The University of Melbourne, and Murdoch University), China (2), Indonesia (2), Mauritius, Mozambique, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and United Arab Emirates.
In Sept 2019, he was awarded the 2020 Howard Emmons Invited Plenary Lectureship. The Emmons Lectureship is a prestigious recognition of distinguished career achievement in fire science and engineering awarded by the IAFSS once every three years at its International Symposia on Fire Safety Science.
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