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Paola Butler-Zanetti

Paola Butler-Zanetti


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London Office, United Kingdom


Chemistry, Fire & Explosion


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Academic and Professional Qualifications:

BSc Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Msc Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
PhD Chemistry, Imperial College London
DipTrans Institute of Linguists (IoL)


Paola studied Chemistry at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, before completing her PhD in Organometallic Chemistry at Imperial College London in 2009. She then spent two years at start-up Plaxica, working on the design and scale-up of processes to manufacture poly(lactic acid) from bio-renewable feedstock. In 2011 she joined Johnson Matthey, where she initially developed nanoparticle systems for anti-counterfeiting applications, before moving to a corporate development role and being appointed Technology and Business Development Manager for one of Johnson Matthey’s new businesses.

Paola joined Burgoynes in 2018 and specialises in the investigation of fires and explosions. She has undertaken numerous investigations in both domestic and commercial premises including human agency fires, as well as those caused by defects in electrical appliances and electricity distribution equipment.