• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally has a BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry from the Belarusian State University (Belarus). She was awarded her PhD in Polymer Chemistry, by the Belarusian Academy of Sciences in 2007.

In 2009, Svetlana commenced her post-doctoral research career at Ulster University within the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT), where she worked on the project studying the effects of nano- and molecularly-dispersed additives on the flame retardance of chain-growth polymers, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. In 2016, she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Svetlana was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemistry in 2017.

Research Interests

Svetlana’s research interests focus on: polymer, organic, analytical and combustion chemistries. Her research expertise encompasses flame retardant and smart polymers, organic/inorganic hybrid compositions, water purification technologies, cellulose derivatives, sustainable materials including ligno-cellulosic bio-adsorbents and geopolymer cement/concrete, waste recycling/management and alternative energy sources.

She publishes in the fields of polymer science, colloid chemistry, materials, sustainability and waste management. She has co-authored over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.

She has been involved in the European research projects such as HyResponse and the European H2FC infrastructure where she organised the technical schools in hydrogen and fuel cell.

Teaching Interests

Svetlana coordinates chemistry and mathematics modules, Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, Ulster University

1 Sep 201530 Apr 2016

Award Date: 27 Jun 2016

PhD, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

1 Sep 200218 May 2007

Award Date: 18 May 2007

Bachelor, Belarusian State University

1 Sep 199231 May 1997

Award Date: 6 Jun 1997

External positions

Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), The Royal Society

Northern Ireland committee member, The Royal Society

STEMNET ambassador


  • QD Chemistry
  • fire retardants
  • ligno-cellulosic materials
  • combustion
  • polymers
  • polysaccharides
  • organic synthesis
  • water chemistry
  • AMR
  • environmental chemistry
  • polymerisation
  • materials
  • green chemistry
  • phosphorous containing fire retardants
  • plastics
  • textiles
  • wood


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