Dr. Takashi Kashiwagi is a guest researcher 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). Dr. Kashiwagi joined the Fire Program at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in 1971. As a current member of the Materials Fire Research Group (i.e., Flammability Reduction Group), Dr. Kashiwagi works in the in-house supported fire safe materials project. Dr. Kashiwagi is studying the effects of the addition of nano-scale particles on flammability of commodity polymers. He is also a project leader in work for the NASA Microgravity Science Program on ignition and subsequent flame spread over a thermally thin polymeric sheet in microgravity.
Dr. Kashiwagi is interested in studying a wide variety of aspects of the combustion of polymeric materials including flame retardants. His current interest is to determine the silicon-fared flame retardant additives or flammability properties of polyolefin polymers.
Dr. Kashiwagi is a member of The Combustion Institute, American Chemical Society, American Mechanical Engineering Society and the International Association of Fire Safety Sciences.