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. 

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.