Green Fire Retardants for Structural Timber

About Us

The project is a collaboration between Philip Close and Stephen Dickson for their respective MEng theses under the direction of Prof. Jose Torero. Whilst the title provides an indication of the project’s nature, it is anticipated that the precise details of the work involved will change to suit the evolving problem.

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong” ~ Albert Einstein  

Philip Close


Philip is in his fifth and final year of his Structural & Fire Safety Engineering degree at Edinburgh University. In his course, Philip has found particularly engaging the “outside the box” approach required to fire safety engineering, as well as hands-on design projects. He aspires to tackle large-scale fire engineering problems, and always strives to see the bigger picture.

Other interests include travelling, alternative literature and culinary experimentation. 

Stephen Dickson

Likewise Stephen is in his fifth and final year of this Masters of Structural & Fire Safety Engineering degree at Edinburgh University. Stephen has found the broad field of fire science very interesting, especially learning how to deal with industrial problems using a more performance/quantitative based approach to find a solution which appeals to his inquisitive nature. He relishes the challenge of problems getting more complicated and hopes to tackle the major issues in fire safety engineering in the future.
Other interests include playing sports such as rugby and golf, travelling and editing wikipedia.

Prof. Jose Torero

  • PhD. University of California at Berkeley, USA (1992)
    MSc. University of California at Berkeley, USA (1991)
    MEng. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (1989)
    BRE/RAE Chair in Fire Safety Engineering
  • Head of the Institute for Infrastructure and the Environment 
  • Director of the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering
  • Editor-in-Chief Of Fire Safety Journal

  • Specialties: fire dynamics, flame spread, microgravity research, smouldering combustion, smoke detection, structures and fire, suppression systems, contaminated land and education in fire safety engineering.