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Mark Taylor

Research Fellow; MA Textile Innovation and Branding Programme Leader

0113 343 3727

BSc (Hons) PhD (Leeds)

Biography

Mark is a Research Fellow in the Performance Clothing Research Group. Before starting a late career in academia Mark worked in the field of IT.  In 1996 Mark started a new career path when he came to Leeds to read Sports Science (Outdoor Activities). After graduating with honours in 1999 he continued in this vein with a PhD which focused on the impact absorbing mechanisms of climbing helmets.

Upon completion of his PhD Mark was employed as a Research Fellow on an EPSRC funded project to investigate, among other things, novel ways to improve the measurement of air permeability and moisture vapour transmission.

Since the end of this project Mark has worked in many  areas related to comfort in extreme environments and protection from falls from a height, whilst becoming more involved in teaching, principally in the Faculty of Engineering.

Mark is also involved in consultancy and was retained as an expert witness in 2007.

He has been invited to join the judging team for Colab 08, the ALPKIT.COM national Innovation Award.

 

Research Interests

Marks research interests cover the comfort and protection of clothing systems for extreme and hostile environments and the role of textiles in protection in falls from height or from falling objects. This encompasses areas as diverse as the design of waterproof zip fasteners, improving the impact absorption of properties of sports protectors, measuring comfort in outdoor footwear and preventing scalding through firefighter clothing systems.

Mark is also active in the field of biomimetic textiles, and is currently jointly supervising a project on superadhesion using the gecko foot as inspiration.

He has been closely involved in the development of miniature data logging sensors that are unobtrusive enough to allow the measurement of the microclimate in a shoe. Work is ongoing to further develop these to remove wires from the system.
Mark has also developed a novel new system for quick measurements of moisture vapour transmission under realistic conditions which is currently being extensively tested by a PhD student.
Awards

In 2006 the final year project of Barnaby Caven, the first to be supervised by Mark, won the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers prize for the best final year project; a poster produced from the project also won 2nd prize in the 2007 Industrial Trust awards.
Mark won three Clothworkers Innovation Award’s in 2007 two of which were shared with colleagues.

  • “Wireless datalogging comfort sensors”
  • “Development of an aerogel impregnated nonwoven structure for use in glove linings” – with Prof. Stephen russel
  • “Development of a biomimetic fabric for managing human comfort during work and exercise“ – with Dr. Katherine Beverley

Teaching

Level Subject
Level 1 SPEME on energy absorption in composite materials
Level 3 SPEME final year project supervision

Mark has been instrumental in developing a new programme in Design & Technology Management which will start in 2008.

Publications

Journal articles

  • Hill PJ, Taylor M, Goswami P, Blackburn RS (2017) “Substitution of PFAS chemistry in outdoor apparel and the impact on repellency performance”, Chemosphere. 181: 500-507. (Accepted)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.04.122, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/115545/

  • Taylor M (2005) “Loft Conversion”, None. 36: 30-31.

  • Taylor M, Brook D (2001) “Climbing helmets: Current research findings”, World Sports Activewear. 7.4: 34-37.

Conference papers

  • Hill P, Taylor M, Goswami P, Blackburn RS (2016) The route to fluorine-free repellent coatings in outdoor apparel: Consumer use, maintenance and physiological comfort. 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Proceedings: unconfirmed
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/115398/

  • Kordowicz A, Taylor M, DeSiqueira J, Gough M (2013) Developing a Cost Effective, Realistic Simulator for Open Inguinal Hernia Repair. Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (Unpublished)

  • Taylor M, Beverley K (2011) Systainable design for the outdoor industry.

  • Taylor M (2005) Loads at the anchor after main line failure during rescue. Proceedings: Lyon Equipment Technical Day, Dent Lyon Equipment Technical Day, Dent.

  • Taylor M, Brook DB (2005) The history and development of head protective devices and their hidden textile content. Proceedings: Ars Textrina Ars Textrina.

  • Taylor M, Brook DB (2005) An overview of recent collaborative research and developments in moisture vapour transmission. Proceedings: Survival 2005 Survival 2005.

  • Brook DB, Taylor M (2005) Recent Research in Moisture Vapour Transmission Testing. Proceedings: Survigval Conference, University of Leeds, Bodington Hall, Leeds Survigval Conference, University of Leeds, Bodington Hall, Leeds.

  • Taylor M (2004) Heads, Helmets & Stuff. Proceedings: UK Mountain Rescue Conference UK Mountain Rescue Conference.

  • Taylor M, Brook DB (2003) Modern Climbing Ropes - Induced Changes in Load Extension Behaviour. Proceedings: The Fibre Society Spring Symposium, Loughborough The Fibre Society Spring Symposium, Loughborough.

  • Taylor M, Brook DB (2002) Climbing Helments - Performance Testing. Proceedings: 2nd Internatinal Conference on the Science & Technology of Climbing and Mountaineering 2nd Internatinal Conference on the Science & Technology of Climbing and Mountaineering.

  • Taylor M (2002) Head Injury Survey. Proceedings: 2nd International Conference on the Science & Technology of Climbing and Mountaineering 2nd International Conference on the Science & Technology of Climbing and Mountaineering.

  • McCartney AJ, Taylor M, Brook DB (2002) The Effect of Abseilling on Nylon Climbing Ropes. Proceedings: Nylon and Ropes for Mountaineering and Caving UIAA Technical Conference.

  • Taylor M, Brook DB (2002) Helmets: Standards and Design Including prEn 15052 High Performance Industrial Helemets. Proceedings: Lyon Equipment Technical Day, Dent Lyon Equipment Technical Day.

  • Taylor M (2001) The BMC Helmet Survey. Proceedings: The BMC Helmet Survey British Mountaineering Council Tecnical Conference.

  • Brook DB, Taylor M (2001) Threshold Effects in Textiles and Composites used for Energy Absorption in Protective Helmets. Proceedings: Technitex 2001, the 1st Autex Conference Technitex 2001, the 1st Autex Conference.

  • Taylor M, Brook DB (2001) Helmets for Rock Climbing and Mountaineering. Proceedings: Helmets for Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Mountain Rescue Council of Scotland Technical Seminar.

  • Taylor M, Brook DB (1999) The Performance of Undergarments in the Wet. Proceedings: 1st International Conference on Science & Technology od Climbing and Mountaineering 1st International Conference on Science & Technology od Climbing and Mountaineering.

Research Projects & Grants

  • EPSRC Research Bursary 1999-2002
  • Clothworkers Innovation Award “Development of an aerogel impregnated nonwoven structure for use in glove linings”
  • Clothworkers Innovation Award “Development of a biomimetic fabric for managing human comfort during work and exercise”
  • Clothworkers Innovation Award “Wireless datalogging system”
  • Outdoor Industry and Trade Magazine grant towards production of footwear samples for ongoing research into heat and mass transfer through footwear.

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