Research Professor (part-time), within the Fire Materials Group of the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation.

Teaching Responsibilities

Research interests include:

  • Improving flame retardancy of materials by chemical modification
  • Synthesis of flame-retardant polymers
  • Reactive flame retardants
  • Phosphorus-based flame retardants
  • Flame-retardant surface coatings and blends

Professor Ebdon obtained a BSc in Chemistry (Class 1) from the University of Birmingham in 1965, and a PhD in polymer chemistry from the same institution in 1968. He then joined the staff at the University of Lancaster, first as a Research Associate then subsequently as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Polymer Chemistry. In 2000, Professor Ebdon joined the staff of the University of Sheffield, where he held a Chair of Chemistry and was the founding Director of Sheffield’s Polymer Centre. He retains an Emeritus post at the University of Sheffield, where he still carries out occasional teaching. Professor Ebdon has been Chairman of the RSC Macromolecular Chemistry Group, and of the RSC Lancaster and District Section, and has served on the Committee of the European Polymer Federation and on various national and international research and conference committees.

Publications

Professor Ebdon has published over 170 journal articles and book chapters. Recent publications include:

P. Joseph and J. R. Ebdon, “Phosphorus Based Fire Retardants”, Chapter 5 in “Fire Retardancy of Polymeric Materials” (Second Edition), C. A. Wilkie and A. B. Morgan (eds.), Taylor and Francis, 2010.

V.Crook, J. Ebdon, B. Hunt, P. Joseph and P. Wyman, “The influence of Comonomers on the Degradation and Flammability of Polyacrylonitrile: Design Input for a New Generation of Flame Retardants”, Polym. Deg. & Stab. 95, 2260-2268 (2010). 

D. Deli, B. Kandola, J. R. Ebdon and L. Krishnan, “Effect of Functionalization of Phenolic Resin on Curing, Thermal Degradation and Flammability Behaviors of Co-blended Unsaturated Polyester/Phenolic Resins”, ACS PMSE Preprints, (2012).

B. K. Kandola, J. R. Ebdon and L. Krishnan, “Blends of Unsaturated Polyester and Phenolic Resins for Application as Fire-resistant Matrices in Fiber-reinforced Composites. Part 1: Identifying Compatible, Co-curable Resin Mixtures”, J. Mat. Sci. 48, 6929-6942 (2013).

B. K. Kandola, L. Krishnan and J. R. Ebdon, “Blends of Unsaturated Polyester and Phenolic Resins for Application as Fire-resistant Matrices in Fiber-reinforced Composites. Effects of Added Flame Retardants”, Polym. Deg. & Stab. 106, 129-137 (2014).

P. Luangtriratana, B. K. Kandola and J. R. Ebdon, “UV-polymerisable, phosphorus-containing, flame-retardant surface coatings for glass fibre-reinforced epoxy composites”, 

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