The Department of Defense has awarded a $1.1 million contract to Marquette University.
Dr. Charles Wilkie, professor of chemistry, in partnership with a defense contractor, will direct research to develop fire and blast resistant materials for military force protection. Wilkie is developing a coating that would be both blast and fire resistant for application to walls, windows and ceilings to protect buildings and ships against ballistic impact.
Wilkie is the foremost academic researcher on fire retardant technology. His research is widely reported in Flame Retardant News, Modern Plastics and other journals and he has spoken at numerous polymer and fire research conferences in the United States and Europe.
Sen. Herb Kohl and the Wisconsin congressional delegation were key in securing the funding for Wilkie’s research. It is among $20.4 million in defense spending allocated to area companies and organizations in the defense appropriations bill. Learn more about Dr. Wilkie's research .