Contact Dr Licia Dossi

Areas of expertise


Licia graduated with a MSc in Chemistry from Pisa University Italy in 1992, Department of Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry with a thesis on Chiral Smectic Side-Chain Liquid Crystalline Polymers: Synthesis and Mesomorphic Properties.

She received her PhD in 1996 in Biomaterials from Brescia University, Department of Mechanical Engineering (Italy) with a thesis on "Formulation of New Polymeric Materials for Biomedical Applications as Adjiuvants to Dialysis in the Treatment of Chronic Uremia".

Licia had a research contract with Pisa University and a brief experience in a pharmaceutical industry (Ivoclar-Vivadent, Liechtenstein) before gaining her PhD. Afterwards she accepted two post-doctoral positions in Genoa with the Italian National Research Council and then with Genoa University, before moving to UK in 1998. Licia spent three years at Bristol University as research assistant at the Department of Organic Chemistry and then had a seven years career break raising her young family. Licia joined Cranfield University in 2008 as a Research Fellow working in the Department of Engineering and Applied Science.

Licia produces a consistent number of scientific reports in restricted areas.

Current activities

Licia is involved in a wide variety of research topics including:

  • Chemical detection of explosives (CRIM-TRACK - FP7 European Project)
  • Curable polymers (AWE)
  • Design and synthesis of binders for energetic formulations (WSTC)
  • Smart high performance energetic formulations (Cranfiedld)
  • Synthesis and characterisation of common explosives (MoD)
  • Coating of explosives and metals (DSTL)

Licia is supervising MSc and PhD students and designs, organises and delivers short courses for governmental and private clients. She is the Module Leader for the Ammunition Technical Officers MoD course and Manufacture and Properties of Materials Master course. She delivers lectures  

  • Nitration Theory
  • Thermodynamics of energetics
  • Polymers/Binders Chemistry
  • Manufacture and Properties of Energetic Materials.


  • WSTC
  • European Community
  • AWE
  • MoD
  • DSTL
  • Chemring EOD
  • Wallops


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers


  • Barsotti G, Chiellini E, Dossi E, Giannasi D, Giovannetti S, Mazzanti G & Solaro R (1996)

    New polymeric hydrogels for the removal of uremic toxins

    . In: Advanced biomaterials in biomedical engineering and drug delivery systems. Ogata N, Tsuruta T (ed.), Tokyo: Springer, p. 299-300.