Dr Paul Joseph is an Associate Professor in Fire Retardant Materials at the Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE), within the College of Engineering and Science, located at Werribee.

Paul obtained his first and Masters degrees in Chemical Sciences from India, and after a brief spell of Junior Research Fellowship at the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India, he started his academic career as a Lecturer at Mahatma Gandhi University, India.

In 1994 Paul moved to England and completed his PhD at Lancaster University, UK, on a Commonwealth Scholarship program, under the supervision of Emeritus Professor John R. Ebdon. He worked as a Research Associate at Lancaster and Sheffield Universities, UK, and then joined Ulster University, Northern Ireland, UK, as a Research Fellow, where he also obtained his second Masters degree in Hydrogen Safety Engineering. Paul was subsequently promoted as Lecturer, and then as Senior Lecturer, before moving to Melbourne.

Paul’s current research areas include:

  • polymer syntheses
  • environmentally sustainable flame retardant materials
  • cellulosic combustion and bush fires
  • waste recycling/management
  • adaptation of the existing processes/strategies towards more effective means of combustion.

He has co-authored several successful grant proposals and has also extensively published in his sphere of research activity.

Recent publications

Y. Kim, D. Makarov, S. Kashkarov, P. Joseph and V. Molkov (2016) “Modelling heat transfer in an intumescent paint and its effects of on-board hydrogen storage”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.

Paul Joseph, Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally and Richao Zhang, (2016) “Techniques for assessing the combustion behaviour of polymeric Materials: some current perspectives and future directions”, Macromolecular Symposia, 362, 105–118.

Talal Fateh, Franck Richard, Thomas Rogaume and Paul Joseph, (2016)  “Experimental and modelling studies on the kinetics and mechanisms of thermal degradation of poly (methyl methacrylate) in nitrogen and air”, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 120, 423-433.

R. Zhang, D. Sun, A. Lu, S. Askari, M. Macias-Montero, P. Joseph, D. Dixon, K. Ostrikov, P. Maguire and D. Mariotti, (2016) “Microplasma processed ultrathin Boron Nitride nanosheets for polymer nanocomposites with enhanced thermal transport performance", ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 8, 13567-13572.

Paul Joseph and Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally (2015), “Melt-flow behaviours of thermoplastic materials under fire conditions: recent experimental studies and some theoretical approaches”, Materials, 8, 8793-8803.

Long Shi, Michael Yit Lin Chew, Vasily Novozhilov and Paul Joseph (2015), “Modeling the pyrolysis and combustion behaviors of non-charring and intumescent-protected polymers using “FiresCone”, Polymers, 7, 1979–1997.

Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally and Paul Joseph (2015) “Pyrolysis combustion flow calorimetry studies on some reactively modified polymers”, Polymers, 7, 453-467.

Paul Joseph, Dimitri Bakirtzis and Audrey Vieille (2015) “An “electronic nose” as a potential device for fire detection of forest product fire loads in enclosures”, Wood Material Science and Engineering, 10(1), 130-144.

William Ignatius Hayes, Paul Joseph, Muhammad Zeeshan Mughal and Pagona Papakonstantinou (2015) “Production of reduced graphene oxide via hydrothermal reduction in an aqueous sulphuric acid suspension and the resultant electrochemical behaviour”, Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry, 19(2), 361-380.

Teaching responsibilities

Completions: Supervisor for more than 25 Honours students and 5 PhD students.

Current: 7 Msc and 4 PhD students, and 1 Postdoctoral Fellow.

Research grants

2016-2017: Victoria University Research Infrastructure Grant Scheme: “Fire Emissions Mitigation System (FEMS)”, AUD $300,000.

2015: Victoria University Capital Expenditure Grant: “Pyrolysis Combustion Flow Calorimeter (PCFC)”, AUD $50,000.

2014-2017: “Integrated safety Strategies for onboard hydrogen storage systems”, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), £1,203,600.

2013-2015: “Development of an environmentally-friendly chemical alternative to the current solutions of removing polymeric resinous materials from industrial equipment”, Innovate UK and Precision Processing Services Ltd. (UK), £107,000.

Professional memberships

  • Member, Royal Society of Chemistry and Chartered Chemist, UK
  • Chartered Scientist, Science Council, UK
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK

Areas of expertise

  • Active and passive fire protection
  • Cellulosic combustion and bush fires
  • Combustion Chemistry and toxicity
  • Organic and polymer chemistry
  • Polymer recycling and energy from waste
  • Polymer syntheses and characterisation

Contact details

+61 (3) 9919 8134
+61 (3) 9919 8058