• Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

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Personal profile


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

PhD, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

1 Sep 200218 May 2007

Bachelor, Belarusian State University

1 Sep 199231 May 1997

External positions

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

Northern Ireland committee member, The Royal Society

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  • QD Chemistry
  • fire retardants, combustion, polymers, polysaccharides, organic synthesis, water chemistry, analysis, environmental chemistry
  • ligno-cellulose

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Research Output


Tretsiakova-McNally, S., Solan, B., Currie, R., Akinsanmi, O., Arnscheidt, J., McDermott, R. & Coleman, H. M., 26 Mar 2020, European Waste Water Management Conference. Birmingham: AquaEnviro, 10 p.

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    Thermal and Calorimetric Evaluations of Some Chemically Modified Carbohydrate-Based Substrates With Phosphorus-Containing Groups.

    Thomas, A., Joseph, P., Moinuddin, K. A. M., Zhu, H. & Tretsiakova-McNally, S., 5 Mar 2020, In : Polymers. 12, 3, 14 p., 588.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Waterborne Intumescent Coatings Containing Industrial and Bio-Fillers for Fire Protection of Timber Materials

    Aqlibous, A., Tretsiakova-McNally, S. & Fateh, T., 31 Mar 2020, In : Polymers. 12, 4, 16 p., 757.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A Study of the Thermal Degradation and Combustion Characteristics of Some Materials Commonly Used in the Construction Sector

    Solorzano, J. A. P., Moinuddin, K. A. M., Tretsiakova-McNally, S. & Joseph, P., 7 Nov 2019, In : Polymers. 11, 11, 1833.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    Passive Fire Protection of Wood Substrates using Starch-based Formulations

    Tretsiakova-McNally, S., Le Douarin, A., Joseph, P., Ukleja, S. & Thomas, A., 25 Jun 2019, p. P.5. 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

    Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)


    Polymers (Journal)

    Svetlana Tretsiakova-Mcnally (Editor), Paul Joseph (Editor)
    24 Jun 201930 Apr 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden (IPF)

    Svetlana Tretsiakova-Mcnally (Visiting researcher)
    23 Jan 2018

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

    Polymers (Journal)

    Svetlana Tretsiakova-Mcnally (Editor), Paul Joseph (Editor)
    21 Jun 201821 Feb 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work


    The use of geopolymer cement for road surface applications

    Author: Wilkinson, A., May 2018

    Supervisor: Magee, B. (Supervisor), Tretsiakova-Mcnally, S. (Supervisor) & Woodward, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis