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Professor Adam S Cumming

Professor Adam S Cumming

Honorary Professor

Room 108

University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road
Edinburgh
EH9 3FJ

Research Overview

 

Prof Cumming obtained both his degrees in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh. 

He joined MOD research in 1976 and has worked on energetic materials since then.  He was Capability Advisor to MOD, a based in the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory until 2014.

He is an established world expert in the field with current particular interests in environmental issues and in the design of new materials.  He is working with Edinburgh in researching high pressure studies of explosives following on from projects he sponsored, and is supporting other research projects in this and other areas. He is also working with the College on developing adcademic and industrial links.

He is involved with NATO Science and Technology, leading teams examining Demilitarisation, the Environment and Greener Munitions. He originated and led a NATO Lecture Series on Insensitive Munitions.  Her revceived a NATO Science and Technology Award in 2015.

He has carried out technical audits of research overseas including Australia in 2015, and chairs the scientific committee of a long-standing international seminar in the Czech Republic. He sits on the editorial boards of international journals and is an Associate Editor of Propellants, Explosives and Pyrotechnics (Wiley).

He has been a visiting lecturer at Imperial College and at the Universities of Hyderabad, Pardubice, Edinburgh and in Singapore.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry; and Hon Fellow of the High Energy Materials Society of India as well as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Publications

  1. Demilitarisation and Disposal – UK Studies and Applications, A S Cumming Proceedings of the NATO ARW on Conversion Concepts for Commercial Applications and Disposal Technologies of Energetic Systems, Moscow, May 1994
  2. Characteristics of Novel United Kingdom Energetic Materials, A S Cumming Proceedings of the International Symposium on Energetic Materials Technology Phoenix, 24-27 Sept 1995
  3. Collaboration on Insensitive High Explosives, A S Cumming, P Lamy, C-O Leiber, M Zimmer Journal of Defence Science, Vol 1, p 539, 1996
  4. Environmental Issues of Energetic Munitions: A UK Perspective, A S Cumming, N C Paul Life Cycles of Energetic Materials Williamsburg, 6-9 October 1996 Published in Waste Management, Vol 17 p 129, 1997
  5. Molecular Modelling of Novel Energetic Materials, E Robson, J Kendrick, W Leeming, G A Leiper, A S Cumming, C J Leach Life Cycles of Energetic Materials Williamsburg, 6-9 October 1996 Published in Waste Management, Vol 17 p 187, 1997
  6. Collaboration on Pressable Explosives for Shaped Charges, A European Success Story, A S Cumming, C J Leach Propellants Explosives and Pyrotechnics Vol 24, p46, 1999
  7. UK Energetic Materials Studies in Support of Insensitive Munitions – The Way Ahead, A S Cumming – Invited Lecture Proceedings of the International Seminar on Force Multiplier Technologies for Naval and Land Warfare – New Delhi, Oct 1999
  8. Influence of Sampling Methodology and Natural Attenuation of Analysis of Explosives Content in Contaminated Sites, A S Cumming, P Mostak, F Volk 7th International Symposium on the Analysis and Detection Explosives Edinburgh, July 2001