Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Design


Muriel Rigout

Associate Professor in Textile Printing and Design

0113 343 3710

Clothworkers' Building South, Room 2.11


Muriel Trained as a chemist, graduating from the University of Kent with a first class honours degree in Chemistry in 2001. She then turned to the fascinating world of Colour Science and Textile Chemistry, first while undertaking her PhD studies (which she obtained in 2005) then through a series of successful research projects ranging as far and wide as the high temperature dyeing of wool, to the inkjet printing of haptic surface effects and the development of novel colour-changing systems, all undertaken in the department of Colour and Polymer Chemistry, University of Leeds. She then ventured overseas and took up a post as visiting scholar at Heilongjiang University, China, studying electroluminescent nanosilica materials. She returned to the UK to work for Pharma Ink Ltd. in 2007, developing novel security inks for the anti-counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products. She later embraced the opportunity to return to academia and joined the department of Textiles and Paper, School of <aterials, University of Manchester, as a lecturer in Textile Coloration and Chemistry in 2008. In 2015, she joined the University of Leeds, School of Design, as associate professor in Textile Printing and Design.


Muriel is part of the Education, Qualification and Accreditation Board and the Publication Committee of the Society of Dyers and Colourists, and a reviewer for a number of international journals.


Research Interests

Muriel’s research expertise is centered on Textile Coloration and Finishing, in particular Novel Colour Effects (Colour-change, iridescence, etc.

Muriel has particular interests in developing Digital Print Technology (ink-jet printing- on textiles and fibrous substrates. This includes Novel Visual Effects by Digital Printing, Multi-Sensory Effects by Digital Printing (haptics, olfactory effects) and introducing Novel Functionalities into textiles by digital printing.

Other interests span the development of Sustainable / Green routes in Textile Coloration and Processing to lower the environmental impact of textiles, including reactive dye chemistry, easy-care finishing, and coloration of eco-friendly fibres.

In addition, Muriel has developed interest and expertise in conservation science focused on characterising historical textile materials with a view to better presentation and long term stability.


Programme Manager BA Fashion Technology


Journal articles

  • Bigambo P, Liu H, Broadbent PJ, Carr CM, Rigout M (2018) “Surface chemical and colorimetric analysis of reactively dyed cellulosic fabric. The effect of ISO 105 CO9 laundering and the implications for waste cellulosic recycling”, Dyes and Pigments. 148: 91-98.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2017.08.062, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/121098/

  • Gao W, Rigout M, Owens H (2017) “Optical properties of cotton and nylon fabrics coated with silica photonic crystals”, Optical Materials Express. 7.2: 341-353.
    DOI: 10.1364/OME.7.000341, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/114562/

  • Gao W, Rigout M, Owens H (2016) “Facile control of silica nanoparticles using a novel solvent varying method for the fabrication of artificial opal photonic crystals”, Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 18.12
    DOI: 10.1007/s11051-016-3691-8, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/113669/

  • Gao W, Rigout M, Owens H (2016) “Self-assembly of silica colloidal crystal thin films with tuneable structural colours over a wide visible spectrum”, Applied Surface Science. 380: 12-15.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.02.106, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/96859/

  • Haule LV, Carr CM, Rigout M (2016) “Investigation into the supramolecular properties of fibres regenerated from cotton based waste garments”, Carbohydrate Polymers. 144: 131-139.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2016.02.054, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/95854/

  • Haule LV, Carr CM, Rigout M (2016) “Preparation and physical properties of regenerated cellulose fibres from cotton waste garments”, Journal of Cleaner Production. 112.5: 4445-4451.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.08.086, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91908/

  • Hossain MF, Gong RH, Rigout M (2016) “Optimization of the process variables for electrospinning of poly(ethylene oxide)-loaded hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin nanofibres”, Journal of the Textile Institute. 107.1: 1-11.
    DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2014.999478

  • Hossain MF, Gong RH, Rigout M (2016) “Effect of polymer concentration on electrospinning of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrins/PEO nanofibres”, Journal of the Textile Institute. 107.12: 1511-1518.
    DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2015.1128714, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/96877/

  • Hossain MF, Gong RH, Rigout M (2015) “Preparation and characterization of poly(ethylene oxide)-loaded hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin nanofibers”, Polymers for Advanced Technologies. 26.9: 1184-1188.
    DOI: 10.1002/pat.3552, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/91913/

  • Karim MN, Afroj S, Rigout M, Yeates SG, Carr C (2015) “Towards UV-curable inkjet printing of biodegradable poly (lactic acid) fabrics”, Journal of Materials Science. 50.13: 4576-4585.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10853-015-9006-0, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/85066/

  • Haule LV, Michael Carr C, Rigout M (2015) “Investigation into the removal of a formaldehyde-free easy care cross-linking agent from cotton and the potential for subsequent regeneration of lyocell-type fibres”, Journal of the Textile Institute. 107.1: 23-33.
    DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2014.1000013, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89469/

  • Haule LV, Carr CM, Rigout M (2014) “Investigation into the removal of an easy-care crosslinking agent from cotton and the subsequent regeneration of lyocell-type fibres”, Cellulose. 21.3: 2147-2156.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10570-014-0225-3, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/89432/

  • Karim MN, Rigout M, Yeates SG, Carr C (2014) “Surface chemical analysis of the effect of curing conditions on the properties of thermally-cured pigment printed poly (lactic acid) fabrics”, Dyes and Pigments. 103: 168-174.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2013.12.010

  • O'Haire T, Rigout M, Russell SJ, Carr CM (2014) “Influence of nanotube dispersion and spinning conditions on nanofibre nanocomposites of polypropylene and multi-walled carbon nanotubes produced through ForcespinningTM”, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials. 27.2: 205-214.
    DOI: 10.1177/0892705713495222

  • Mohsin M, Carr CM, Rigout M (2013) “Development of zero formaldehyde easy care finishing system by using nano titanium dioxide with citric acid and its impact on physical properties”, Fibers and Polymers. 14.9: 1440-1444.
    DOI: 10.1007/s12221-013-1440-5

  • Mohsin M, Carr CM, Rigout M (2013) “Novel one bath application of oil and water repellent finish with environment friendly cross-linker for cotton”, Fibers and Polymers. 14.5: 724-728.
    DOI: 10.1007/s12221-013-0724-0

  • Soliman G, Carr CM, Jones CC, Rigout M (2013) “Surface chemical analysis of the effect of extended laundering on C. I. sulphur black 1 dyed cotton fabric”, Dyes and Pigments. 96.1: 25-30.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2012.06.021

  • Haule LV, Rigout M, Carr CM, Jones CC (2012) “Surface and bulk chemical analysis of the durability of an easy care finish on cotton”, Cellulose. 19.3: 1023-1030.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10570-012-9672-x

  • Zheng B, Jin Z, Qin C, Rigout ML, Lu W, Chen Y, Fan N, Zhu J, Bai X, Lian Y (2012) “Preparation and Photoluminescence of Titanium oxide nanofilms by laser-induced forward transfer”, Current Nanoscience. 8.1: 150-155.

  • Rigout MLA, Niu H, Qin C, Zhang L, Li C, Bai X, Fan N (2008) “Fabrication and photoluminescence of hyperbranched silicon nanowire networks on silicon substrates by laser-induced forward transfer”, Nanotechnology. 19.24
    DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/19/24/245303

  • Rigout MLA, Lewis DM (2006) “Use of fourier transform infrared spectroscopy to follow the heterocumulene aided thermal dehydration of phthalic and naphthalic acids”, Applied Spectroscopy. 60.12: 1405-1413.
    DOI: 10.1366/000370206779321346

  • Rigout MLA, Lewis DM, Broadbent P (2005) “Micellar electrokinetic capillary chromatography analysis of phthalic acid isomers”, Journal of Capillary Electrophoresis and Microchip Technology. 9.3-4: 57-64.

Conference papers

  • Karim MN, Rigout M, Yeates SG, Carr C (2014) Analysis of UV-cured and thermally-cured inkjet printed poly (Lactic acid) fabrics. Proceedings: International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies 2014-January: 92-95.

  • Soliman G, Carr C, Rigout M, Owen H (2012) Synthesis of quaternised tertiary amine s-triazine reactive dyes and their application. Proceedings: Fiber Society 2012 Spring Conference: Fiber Research for Tomorrow's Applications

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