Contact Dr Licia Dossi

Areas of expertise

  • Defence Sensors
  • Explosives and Munitions
  • Smart Materials
  • Structures and Materials


Dr Licia Dossi is Lecturer in Defence Chemistry at Cranfield University and RSC Chartered Chemist and Chartered Scientist, with expertise in synthetic polymer chemistry and explosives chemistry gained from 30 years’ experience in UK and European Academic institutions. 

She graduated with an MSc in Chemistry from Pisa University, Italy and received her PhD in Biomaterials from Brescia University Italy.

She was a Research Assistant at Pisa University, the Italian National Research Council and Genoa University in the synthesis of new polymeric systems for a variety of applications. Her research contribution on the synthesis of liquid crystalline polymers developed in Pisa University is often cited worldwide. Licia moved to Bristol University UK in 1998 as Research Assistant with a three year ESPRC grant in polymers and then took a career break for her young family until 2008 when she joined Cranfield University as Research Fellow. She became Senior Research Fellow in 2015 and then Lecturer in Defence Chemistry in 2018.

Licia is currently part of the synthesis and formulation group at the Centre for Defence Chemistry at Shrivenham and has a recognized teaching status for high education. She delivers lectures at Master and PhD levels on a variety of themes. She is active member of the Centre of Excellence in Energetic Materials Synthesis group and has an important national and international networking.

She is an active researcher and co-author in more than 55 published papers/conference proceedings, 2 international patents and 1 book. Cited papers 78, h-index 5 (as from 18.08.2019).

Research opportunities

PhD studentships in the following themes:

  • Smart sniffer dog for detection of illicit substances. Reference

  • Inert and energetic binders for NC free propellants

  • Boron-Phosphorous polymers

  • Beta- and gamma-cyclodextrins

Current activities

Licia teaches chemistry and polymers science at MSc and PhD level, she is a pro-active researcher and manager of two laboratories, Organic Synthesis and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance laboratory, within the Centre for Defence Chemistry at Shrivenham.

She supervises MSc and PhD students’ projects and designs, organises and delivers several short courses.

She has an important number of communication relationships and collaborations with academia and industry in UK and overseas.

She has strong project management skills having managed and delivered multi-disciplinary projects for a variety of clients.

She is active member of the UK Centre of Excellence in Energetic Materials Synthesis group and committee member of the Explosives Ordnance Engineering course.

Licia is co-author of several papers published in international peer reviewed journals, she co-authoring two patents on energetic polyphosphazenes and delivers research and numerous technical reports on research topics including:

  • Detection of explosives and controlled drugs and their precursor

  • Inert and energetic polymeric binders – Design, modelling and synthesis

  • Cross-linked polymers

  • Smart high performance energetic formulations

  • Synthesis and characterisation of common explosives

  • Coating of explosives and metals

  • Microencapsulation and controlled drug delivery


    BAE Systems

    Danish Defense

    Overseas Universities



    European Union

    Atomic Weapons Establishment


    Chemring EOD



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