Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Michael Brookes


0113 343 3787

Clothworkers' Building South Room 1.12 (Office), Room B.05 (Lab)

Office hours: Monday 09:00- 17:00

C. Text (ATI) BSc (Open) Dip Pol. Con (Open) Dip HE (Teesside) FRMS

Michael currently provides electron microscopy provision for the School of Design and has had many years experience involved with the testing and imaging of textiles structures.


Michael has been a Research Technician in the School of Design (formally the Department of Textile Industries) since 1996. Prior to joining the school he had been in the paper making industry. He has gained higher education qualifications in Mechanical Engineering and Pollution Control which encompass his Bachelor degree and is currently studying (part-time) for a PhD entitled “The mechanisms of pilling for modern textile structures”. He is a fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.

Within the school he is a first aider and fire warden, also, assisting the security officer regularly. For the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications level Michael is an environmental coordinator.

As part of the Performance Clothing Research Group, over the last 11 years Michael has been involved with a variety of outside-funded research projects that involve much work with industrial partners. He is regularly involved with instructing students and staff in textile testing methods for research projects and carrying out microscopical work for students.

Research Interests

  • Use of Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) imaging techniques for textiles structures and components
  • Pilling of textile structures
  • 3D imaging of textiles by use of SEM techniques


  • Demonstrating and instruction in practical classes on TEXT 2510 Design for Performance
  • Technical support and instruction if required on TEXT3085
  • Ad hoc textile testing teaching for under graduate, and post graduate students


Conference papers

  • Brookes MA, Brook DB, Russell SJ (2005) Fabric Design Criteria for Reducing the Effect of Pilling in High Performance Fabrics. Proceedings: ARS Textrina - Form, Materials and Performance The University of Leeds.: 44-49.

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