Research Fellow; Health and Safety Officer
0113 343 3702
Clothworkers' Building South 2.07
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD
Peter Broadbent is a Research Fellow who has worked in an academic environment since being awarded his PhD in 1993. He has worked in the Department of Colour Chemistry and School of Design at the University of Leeds, and the School of Materials at the University of Manchester. His research areas include the coloration of textile and non-textile materials, textile finishing, cosmetics, digital printing, 3D printing, and security features.
Peter Broadbent graduated in Colour Chemistry and Dyeing from the University of Leeds in 1986 and obtained his MSc (Chemical modification of polyamide and cellulosic fibres to enhance dyeing properties) and PhD (Chemical modification of cellulosic fibres and its effect on dyeing properties), also from the University of Leeds in 1989 and 1993 respectively.
Following his PhD under the supervision of Professor David Lewis in the Department of Colour Chemistry, Peter continued his collaboration with Dave Lewis and was employed until 2001 by Leeds Innovations, University of Leeds and based at the Department of Colour Chemistry as a Research Fellow. His main activities focused on the arylation of cotton and wool fibres to impart printability and dyeability with disperse dyes; the synthesis of novel reactive disperse dyes for normal and micro-fibre nylon 6,6; the development of novel dyeing and bleaching systems for hair; the synthesis and development of novel fibre reactive dyes for textile substrates; the synthesis and development of novel fibre reactive quaternary agents for use in the salt-free dyeing of cellulosic fibres.
He joined Lumenia Limited as a research scientist in 2001 where he developed novel inks and fabric prepare treatments for the digital printing of natural and synthetic textile substrates.
Subsequently he returned to the Department of Colour Chemistry, University of Leeds in 2003 where he developed his expertise as Senior Research Fellow in the development of novel infra-red absorbers and phosphors for high security printing; novel methods to print 3-dimensional objects using the desk-top ink-jet printer; the development of novel ink formulations and printing processes for the ink-jet printing of textile substrates.
In 2011, he briefly joined the School of Materials, University of Manchester in 2011 as a Research Assistant where he developed novel agents to improve the chlorine stability of dyed textile substrates and novel formaldehyde free hair straightening agents.
In 2013, he joined the School of Design under the supervision of Professor Chris Carr. His main activities currently focus on the development of novel formaldehyde free hair straightening agents; the development of novel hair dyes; the arylation of natural fibres and the development of novel methods to dye them from carbon dioxide; the development of formaldehyde free durable press agents for cotton; the development of novel IR absorbing paper substrates for high security applications; the development of novel methods to digitally print Braille and 3D images.
Peter is a member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.
Peter’s research interests include the modification of natural fibres to improve their performance and dyeing properties; synthesis of novel fibre reactive dyes for both textile and cosmetic applications; development of novel security features for high security applications such as brand protection or banknotes; development of novel security papers; development of novel inks for the digital printing of textile and non-textile substrates, development of novel fabric pre-treatments for use in digital printing; development of 3D digital printing process; development of systems for the digital printing of Braille or raised images from a conventional home/office desktop printer; synthesis of novel fibre protective agents.
Peter is responsible for ensuring that all goods and services ordered within the School of Design are receipted with the PVAC Faculty Purchasing team following delivery.