Contact Dr Mike Williams

Areas of expertise

  • CBRN Focus Areas
  • Explosives and Munitions


Mike's higher education was at Birmingham University where he obtained his 

  • BSc in Chemistry in 1975
  • MSc in Free Radical Kinetics in 1976
  • PhD in Gas phase ozone and hydroxyl radical reactions in 1979.

He came to the then Royal Military College of Science as a post-doctoral researcher in 1979. After various posts he joined the Cranfield University Academic Staff.  He retired in 2018 but is still active in the research community of only somebody would let him into a lab!

Current activities

Mike's interests include:

  • Measuring and predicting radiant heat flux from fast thermal events
  • Adsorption science and respiratory protection -  board member of the International Society of Respiratory Protection
  • Gas detection systems - member of the UK Gas Sensor Group.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Nyombi A, Williams MR & Wessling R (2018) Minimising CO from Charcoal by impregnating with Pd-Sn/Al2O3 and Cu-Mn2O4/C. In: 37th International Symposium on Combustion, The Convention Centre - Dublin, 29 July - 3 August 2018.
  • Williams MR, Dunne JL & Barnes I (2004) Thermal Output from Energetic Events - A Thermodynamic Approach. In: MABS 18 Conference, Bad Reichenhall, Germany, 1 September 2004.
  • Williams MR & Sherlock F (2004) A Comparison of Some Advanced Oxidation Processes in a Batch Reactor. In: AOP2 Conference, Cranfield University, Bedford, UK, 1 April 2004.
  • Williams MR, Dunne JL, Lawton B & Pearce B (2001) Creams for Protection Against Skin Burns in Explosions. In: 19th International Symposium on Ballistics, Interlaken, Switzerland, 7 May 2001.
  • Akhavan J, Grose I, Williams M & Cook B (1995) A Device for quantitative evaluation of thrust produced by small fireworks rockets. In: 26th International Annual Conference of ICT, Karlsruhe.
  • Hodges CM, Akhavan J, Williams M & Cook B (1991) The use of polymer binders in the continuous processing of coloured pyrotechnic star compositions. In: 16th International Pyrotechnics Seminar, Jonkoping, 24 June 1991.
  • Wallace I, Cartwright M, Williams MR & Jones A The Vulnerability of Explosives to Low Velocity Impact. In: 32nd DoD Explosives Safety Seminar, Philadelphia, USA.


  • Williams MR & Parsons SA (2004) Introduction. In: Advanced Oxidation Processes for Waste and Wastewater Treatment, IWA Publishing, p. 1-6.