Dr. Andre L. Thompson is a Materials Research Engineer and National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Flammability Reduction Group of the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Prior to joining the group as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, during his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Dr. Thompson worked as a National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) summer fellow at NIST from 2014 to 2016.
As a NPSC summer fellow at NIST, Dr. Thompson’s research focused on encapsulating fire retardants into micelle gels used as coatings to reduce the flammability of cotton fabrics. He also tested the flammability properties of silicone fire retardant coatings on velvet cotton fabrics via bench-scale and large-scale fire tests.
Currently, as an NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dr. Thompson studies ways to reduce the flammability and heat release rate (i.e. fire size) of resilient lightweight construction materials (e.g., wood, composite materials) and residential upholstered furniture in response to open flame and smoldering ignition sources, without the use of chemical fire retardants.