Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Chris Carr

Chair of Textile Technology; Head of School

0113 343 3094

BSc Hons (Cardiff) PhD (Cardiff)

Professor of Textile Technology (2013-)

Head of School of Design (2013-)

Research interests: textile science and technology, textile chemistry, colouration, finishing, historical textiles and conservation science, surface chemistry, recycling, new fibres and healthcare textiles.


Chris Carr graduated in Chemistry from University College Cardiff (University of Wales) in 1980 and obtained his PhD, also from the University College Cardiff in 1983 (Surface Chemistry of Wool, IWS studentship). He then spent two years at CSIRO, Division of Protein Chemistry, Melbourne, Australia, and a subsequent year at the US Department of Agriculture, Eastern Regional Laboratory, Philadelphia, USA, before joining the Scottish College of Textiles. In 1992 he joined UMIST, Department of Textiles, as a Lecturer and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1994. In 2004 he was awarded a Personal Chair in Textile Science and Technology, and was Deputy Head of School of Materials, responsible for Textiles & Paper until 2009. In 2013 he joined the School of Design, University of Leeds, as Professor of Textile Technology, with a key focus on Healthcare Textiles, and became Head of School in March 2013.

He has published widely with over 100 research publications and conference presentations and is a member of several Editorial Boards for international research journals. He is a Liveryman in the Dyers Company and was awarded the Weavers Company Silver Medal for outstanding contribution to Textile Education and Research in 2008.

Research Interests

His main interests are in the modification of fibrous materials in order to improve performance and the complementary associated analysis of the material, in particular the surface chemistry. Research projects involving international companies and European institutes encompass healthcare textiles/materials, easy care finishing of cotton and wool, fibre degradation and protective mechanisms (historical materials), hair performance and surface chemistry, general wet chemical and biotechnological modification of textiles, filtration, recycling, technical textiles, paper technology and novel colouration effects.

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