Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

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Richard Blackburn

Associate Professor; Textiles Technology Group Leader; Head of Sustainable Materials Research Group

0113 343 3757

Clothworkers' Building South, Room 2.10

Office hours: Monday - Tuesday, 1.00pm - 4.00pm

BSc (Leeds) PhD (Leeds) MRSC CCol FSDC FRSA

Dr Blackburn’s key areas of research focus around the principles of sustainability and how these principles can be applied in the fields of materials science, coloration technology and cosmetics. His research is important in terms of the contribution to basic research, fundamental discoveries, and influence on the direction of the field, making a significant contribution to the scientific community. His research also has significant impact in its application in terms of providing more sustainable products and processes for industry and society. Co-founder and director of spin-out company Keracol Limited.

In 2013 he was made a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Dyers of The City of London, and was given The Freedom of The City of London. In 2016 he was awarded the Silver Medal of the Society of Dyers and Colourists for “Prolonged contributions to education and academic research”. In 2017 he was awarded the Fellowship of the Society of Dyers and Colourists

ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6259-3807

Biography

Dr Blackburn’s key areas of research focus around the principles of sustainability and how these principles can be applied in the fields of materials science, coloration technology and cosmetics. His research is important in terms of the contribution to basic research, fundamental discoveries, and influence on the direction of the field, making a significant contribution to the scientific community. His research also has significant impact in its application in terms of providing more sustainable products and processes for industry and society.

Dr. Blackburn is co-founder and director of University spin-out company Keracol Limited, which develops novel approaches to the extraction of active molecules from plant sources, and fractionating and purifying them for multiple applications, both existing and novel. Keracol extracts are effectively applied in cosmetic products for hair coloration, hair care and skin care. Keracol have invented novel hair dye systems that utilise solely natural and renewable materials, providing a solution to unmet needs in the personal care industry, where there is huge consumer demand for personal care products containing natural and renewable ingredients.

Dr Blackburn is co-founder and Director of RITE Group (Reducing the Impact of Textiles on the Environment) which is a non-profit industry association which aims to provide advice and fact based information to minimise the negative environmental impact of the production, use and disposal of textiles and apparel. The Group’s ultimate goal is to drive forward the sustainable and ethical production of textiles and clothing throughout the global supply chain through a number of innovative initiatives.

Research Interests

  • Sustainability issues within the textiles, coloration and finishing industries
  • Physical organic chemistry of fundamental interactions between dye molecules and polymers
  • Dye chemistry, chemical properties of dyes and structure colour relationships, particularly natural dyes such as anthocyanins and colorants used to dye textiles historically
  • Polymer chemistry, particularly fundamental understanding of polysaccharide chemistry and cellulose I and cellulose II crystallinity. Also, development of novel methods of analysing and quantifying cellulose crystallinity.
  • Extraction of natural products and application in cosmetics, particularly in natural products chemistry; applied research has focused on clean extraction techniques for isolation of actives from plants and the development of cosmetic products

Teaching

Marketing Creativity and Innovation (DESN2350); Lecturer

Independent Study Dissertation (DESN3660); tutor

Professional Development & Research Methodology (TEXT5107M); Module manager, lecturer and tutor

Research Dissertation (TEXT5116M); tutor

Laboratory Practicals and Case Studies (TEXT5122M); lecturer and tutor

Textile and Apparel Materials and Technology (TEXT5301M); Lecturer

Textile Product Design, Innovation and Development (TEXT5304M); Lecturer

Advanced Coloration & Finishing Technology (TEXT5124M); Module manager and lecturer

Responsibilities

Textiles Technology Research Group Leader

Publications

Books

Journal articles

  • Blackburn RS (2017) “Natural dyes in madder (Rubia spp.) and their extraction and analysis in historical textiles”, Coloration Technology. (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/120126/

  • 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.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.04.122, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/115545/

  • Ford L, Henderson RL, Rayner CM, Blackburn RS (2017) “Mild extraction methods using aqueous glucose solution for the analysis of natural dyes in textile artefacts dyed with Dyer's madder (Rubia tinctorum L.)”, Journal of Chromatography A. 1487: 36-46.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2017.01.053, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/111112/

  • Lanzilao G, Goswami P, Blackburn RS (2016) “Study of the morphological characteristics and physical properties of Himalayan giant nettle (Girardinia diversifolia L.) fibre in comparison with European nettle (Urtica dioica L.) fibre”, Materials Letters. 181: 200-203.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2016.06.044, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/100795/

  • Ford L, Rayner CM, Blackburn RS (2015) “Isolation and extraction of ruberythric acid from Rubia tinctorum L. and crystal structure elucidation.”, Phytochemistry. 117: 168-173.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2015.06.015, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/87252/

  • Torode TA, Marcus SE, Jam M, Tonon T, Blackburn RS, Hervé C, Knox JP (2015) “Monoclonal antibodies directed to fucoidan preparations from brown algae.”, PloS one. 10.2: e0118366+.
    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118366, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/83764/

  • Amin MN, Blackburn RS (2015) “Sustainable chemistry method to improve the wash-off process of reactive dyes on cotton”, ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering. 3.4: 725-732.
    DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.5b00034, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/84731/

  • Kljun A, El-Dessouky HM, Benians TAS, Goubet F, Meulewaeter F, Knox JP, Blackburn RS (2014) “Analysis of the physical properties of developing cotton fibres”, European Polymer Journal. 51.1: 57-68.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2013.11.016, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81245/

  • Henderson RL, Rayner CM, Blackburn RS (2013) “Isolation and extraction of lucidin primeveroside from Rubia tinctorum L. and crystal structure elucidation.”, Phytochemistry. 95: 105-108.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2013.07.001, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81244/

  • Burkinshaw SM, Hewitt AD, Blackburn RS, Russell SJ (2012) “The dyeing of nonwoven fabrics part 1: Initial studies”, Dyes and Pigments. 94.3: 592-598.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2011.09.011

  • Široký J, Benians TAS, Russell SJ, Bechtold T, Paul Knox J, Blackburn RS (2012) “Analysis of crystallinity changes in cellulose II polymers using carbohydrate-binding modules”, Carbohydrate Polymers. 89.1: 213-221.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2012.02.073

  • Lindh JM, Goswami P, Blackburn RS, Arnold SE, Vale GA, Lehane MJ, Torr SJ (2012) “Optimizing the colour and fabric of targets for the control of the tsetse fly Glossina fuscipes fuscipes.”, PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 6.5: e1661+.
    DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001661, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81212/

  • Blackburn RS, O'Brien D (2012) “Tress Protect”, Soap, Perfumery & Cosmetics. 85.4: 91-96.

  • Kljun A, Benians TA, Goubet F, Meulewaeter F, Knox JP, Blackburn RS (2011) “Comparative analysis of crystallinity changes in cellulose I polymers using ATR-FTIR, X-ray diffraction, and carbohydrate-binding module probes.”, Biomacromolecules. 12.11: 4121-4126.
    DOI: 10.1021/bm201176m

  • Goswami P, Blackburn RS, Taylor J, White P (2011) “Sorption of dyes on cellulose II: Effect of alkali treatment of fibre and dye structure”, Cellulose. 18.4: 1063-1072.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10570-011-9540-0

  • Široký J, Blackburn RS, Bechtold T, Taylor J, White P (2011) “Alkali treatment of cellulose II fibres and effect on dye sorption”, Carbohydrate Polymers. 84.1: 299-307.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2010.11.037

  • Drivas I, Blackburn RS, Rayner CM (2011) “Natural anthraquinonoid colorants as platform chemicals in the synthesis of sustainable disperse dyes for polyesters”, Dyes and Pigments. 88.1: 7-17.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2010.04.009

  • Abdullah I, Blackburn RS, Russell SJ, Taylor J (2011) “Effect of polymeric additives on abrasion and creasing behavior of Tencel fabrics”, Melliand International. 17.3: 145+.

  • Široky J, Blackburn RS, Bechtold T (2011) “Influence of fabric structure on sodium hydroxide release from woven lyocell”, Textile Research Journal. 81.16: 1627-1637.
    DOI: 10.1177/0040517511399968

  • MacRae RO, Pask CM, Burdsall LK, Blackburn RS, Rayner CM, McGowan PC (2010) “The Combined Synthesis and Coloration of Poly(lactic acid)”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition. 50.1: 291-294.
    DOI: 10.1002/anie.201004920

  • Široký J, Blackburn RS, Bechtold T, Taylor J, White P (2010) “Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier-Transform Infrared spectroscopy analysis of crystallinity changes in lyocell following continuous treatment with sodium hydroxide”, Cellulose. 17: 103-115.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10570-009-9378-x

  • Zhang Y, Westland S, Cheung V, Burkinshaw SM, Blackburn RS (2009) “A custom ink-jet printing system using a novel pretreatment method”, Coloration Technology. 125.6: 357-365.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-4408.2009.00218.x

  • Chodák I, Blackburn RS (2009) Sustainable synthetic fibres: The case of poly(hydroxyalkanoates) (PHA) and other fibres. : 88-112.
    DOI: 10.1533/9781845696948.1.88

  • Blackburn RS (2009) “Preface”, Sustainable Textiles: Life Cycle and Environmental Impact.
    DOI: 10.1016/B978-1-84569-453-1.50020-6

  • Siroky J, Manian AP, Siroka B, Abu-Rous M, Schlangen J, Blackburn RS, Bechtold T (2009) “Alkali treatments of lyocell in continuous processes. I. effects of temperature and alkali concentration on the treatments of plain woven fabrics”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 113.6: 3646-3655.
    DOI: 10.1002/app.30356

  • Blackburn RS, Bechtold T, John P (2009) “The development of indigo reduction methods and pre-reduced indigo products”, Coloration Technology. 125.4: 193-207.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-4408.2009.00197.x

  • Goswami P, Blackburn RS, Taylor J, White P (2009) “Dyeing behaviour of lyocell fabric: Effect of NaOH pre-treatment”, Cellulose. 16.3: 481-489.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10570-009-9279-z

  • Goswami P, Blackburn RS, El-Dessouky HM, Taylor J, White P (2009) “Effect of sodium hydroxide pre-treatment on the optical and structural properties of lyocell”, European Polymer Journal. 45.2: 455-465.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2008.10.030

  • Zhang W, Blackburn RS, Dehghani-Sanij AA (2009) “Carbon black reinforced Epoxy Resin nanocomposites as bending sensors”, Journal of Composite Materials. 43.4: 367-376.
    DOI: 10.1177/0021998308099308

  • Blackburn RS (2009) “Sustainable textiles Life cycle and environmental impact Preface”, SUSTAINABLE TEXTILES. 98: XXI-XXII.

  • Blackburn RS (2009) “Sustainable textiles: Life cycle and environmental impact”, Sustainable Textiles: Life Cycle and Environmental Impact. : 1-394.
    DOI: 10.1533/9781845696948

  • Goswami P, Blackburn RS, Taylor J, Westland S (2008) “Erratum: Dyeing behaviour of lyocell fabric: Effect of fibrillation (Coloration Technology (2007) vol. 123 (387))”, Coloration Technology. 124.4: 259+.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-4408.2008.00150.x

  • Zhang W, Dehghani-Sanij AA, Blackburn RS (2008) “IR study on hydrogen bonding in epoxy resin-silica nanocomposites”, Progress in Natural Science. 18.7: 801-805.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.pnsc.2008.01.024

  • Blake AW, Marcus SE, Copeland JE, Blackburn RS, Knox JP (2008) “In situ analysis of cell wall polymers associated with phloem fibre cells in stems of hemp, Cannabis sativa L.”, Planta. 228.1: 1-13.
    DOI: 10.1007/s00425-008-0713-5

  • Zhang W, Blackburn RS, Dehghani-Sanij AA (2008) “Effect of solid particle loading on nucleophilic addition of epoxy-resin to isophorone diisocyanate”, Particuology. 6.1: 24-29.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.cpart.2007.10.005

  • Goswami P, Blackburn RS, Taylor J, Westland S, White P (2008) “Dyeing behaviour of lyocell fabric: effect of fibrillation (vol 123, pg 387, 2007)”, COLORATION TECHNOLOGY. 124.4: 259-259.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-4408.2008.00150.x

  • Goswami P, Blackburn RS, Taylor J, Westland S, White P (2008) “Dyeing behaviour of lyocell fabric: effect of fibrillation (vol 123, pg 387, 2007)”, COLOR TECHNOL. 124.4: 259-259.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-4408.2008.00150.x

  • Goswami P, Blackburn RS, Taylor J, Westland S, White P (2007) “Dyeing behaviour of lyocell fabric: Effect of fibrillation”, Coloration Technology. 123.6: 387-393.
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-4408.2007.00113.x

  • (2007) “Electrical conductivity of epoxy resin-carbon black-silica nanocomposites: Effect of silica concentration and analysis of polymer curing reaction by FTIR”, Scripta Materialia. 57.10: 949-952.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2007.07.030

  • Wijayathunga VN, Lawrence CA, Blackburn RS, Bandara MPU, Lewis ELV, El-Dessouky HM, Cheung V (2007) “Influence of laser irradiation on the optical and structural properties of poly(ethylene terephthalate) fibres”, OPT LASER TECHNOL. 39.7: 1301-1309.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.optlastec.2006.12.007

  • Zhang W, Blackburn RS, Dehghani-Sanij AA (2007) “Effect of carbon black concentration on electrical conductivity of epoxy resin-carbon black-silica nanocomposites”, Journal of Materials Science. 42.18: 7861-7865.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10853-007-1670-2

  • Blackburn RS, Harvey A, Kettle LL, Manian AP, Payne JD, Russell SJ (2007) “Sorption of chlorhexidine on cellulose: Mechanism of binding and molecular recognition”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B. 111.30: 8775-8784.
    DOI: 10.1021/jp070856r

  • Zhang W, Dehghani-Sanij AA, Blackburn RS (2007) “Carbon based conductive polymer composites”, Journal of Materials Science. 42.10: 3408-3418.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10853-007-1688-5

  • Zhang W, Blackburn RS, Dehghani AA (2007) “Effect of Silica on the Electrical Properties of Epoxy of Phenolic Resin/carbon Black/silica Composite Coating”, Materials Science Forum. 546-549: 1525-1530.

  • Zhang W, Blackburn RS, Dehghani-Sanij AA (2007) “Effect of silica concentration on electrical conductivity of epoxy resin-carbon black-silica nanocomposites”, Scripta Materialia. 56.7: 581-584.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2006.12.039

  • Abdullah I, Blackburn RS, Russell SJ, Taylor J (2006) “Abrasion phenomena in twill Tencel fabric”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 102.2: 1391-1398.
    DOI: 10.1002/app.24195

  • Abdullah I, Blackburn RS, Russell SJ, Taylor J (2006) “Mechanism of cross-linking of Tencel woven fabric for superior easy-care properties and analysis using fluorescence microscopy”, Lenzinger Berichte. 85: 113-123.
    DOI: 10.1002/app.22634

  • Abdullah I, Blackburn RS, Russell SJ, Taylor J (2006) “Mechanism of crosslinking tencel woven fabric for superior easy-care properties and analysis using fluorescence microscopy”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 101.4: 2154-2161.
    DOI: 10.1002/app.22634

  • Blackburn RS, Harvey A, Kettle LL, Payne JD, Russell SJ (2006) “Sorption of poly(hexamethylenebiguanide) on cellulose: Mechanism of binding and molecular recognition”, Langmuir. 22.13: 5636-5644.
    DOI: 10.1021/la053002b

  • Abdullah I, Blackburn RS, Russell SJ, Taylor J (2006) “Tensile and elastic behavior of tencel continuous filaments”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science. 99.4: 1496-1503.
    DOI: 10.1002/app.22145

  • Blackburn RS, Zhao XF, Farrington DW, Johnson L (2006) “Effect of D-isomer concentration on the coloration properties of poly(lactic acid)”, DYES PIGMENTS. 70.3: 251-258.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.dyepig.2005.05.011

  • Blackburn RS (2004) “Natural polysaccharides and their interactions with dye molecules: applications in effluent treatment.”, Environmental science & technology. 38.18: 4905-4909.
    DOI: 10.1021/es049972n

  • Blackburn RS, Farrington D, Zhao X (2004) “Coloration, dyeing characteristics and performance of Ingeo fibre: Comparison of high melt and low melt poly(lactic acid)”, Polymer Preprints. 45.2: 600-601.

  • Blackburn RS, Harvey A (2004) “Green chemistry methods in sulfur dyeing: application of various reducing D-sugars and analysis of the importance of optimum redox potential.”, Environmental science & technology. 38.14: 4034-4039.
    DOI: 10.1021/es0498484

  • Blackburn RS, Payne JD (2004) “Life cycle analysis of cotton towels: impact of domestic laundering and recommendations for extending periods between washing”, GREEN CHEM. 6.7: G59-G61.
    DOI: 10.1039/b407628a

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM (2003) “Treatment of cellulose with cationic, nucleophilic polymers to enable reactive dyeing at neutral pH without electrolyte addition”, J APPL POLYM SCI. 89.4: 1026-1031.
    DOI: 10.1002/app.12226

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM (2002) “A greener approach to cotton dyeings with excellent wash fastness”, GREEN CHEM. 4.1: 47-52.
    DOI: 10.1039/b111026h

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM (2002) “A greener approach to cotton dyeings. Part 2: application of 1 : 2 metal complex acid dyes”, GREEN CHEM. 4.3: 261-265.
    DOI: 10.1039/b201893d

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Gordon R (2000) “Dyeing cotton/polyamide blend fabrics with 1 : 2 metal complex acid dyes”, TEXT CHEM COLOR AM D. 32.12: 44-48.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM (2000) “Aftertreatment of acid dyes on conventional nylon 6.6 with a commercial syntan/cation system. Part 3: Improvements to the Fixogene AC system”, J SOC DYERS COLOUR. 116.1: 3-9.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM (1999) “Aftertreatment of 1 : 2 metal-complex acid dyes on conventional and microfibre nylon 6.6 with a commercial syntan/cation system. Part 2: Repeated washing”, J SOC DYERS COLOUR. 115.3: 102-105.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Gandhi K (1999) “The Dyeing of Silk with Reactive Dyes, Part 1: Realan Dyes”, Advances in Colour Science and Technology. 2: 109-113.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Collins GW (1998) “The application of cationic fixing agents to cotton dyed with direct dyes under different pH conditions”, J SOC DYERS COLOUR. 114.11: 317-320.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM (1998) “Aftertreatment of 1 : 2 metal complex acid dyes on conventional and microfibre nylon 6.6 with a commercial syntan/cation system”, J SOC DYERS COLOUR. 114.3: 96-100.

Chapters

Conference papers

  • Blackburn RS, Farooque S, Beaumont N, Benohoud M, Tidder A, Rayner CM (2017) Scalable anthocyanin extraction and purification methods for industrial applications. 9th International Workshop on Anthocyanins Proceedings: Abstracts of the 9th International Workshop on Anthocyanins : 43-43.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/115393/

  • Lanzilao G, Goswami P, Blackburn RS (2016) Sustainable high-performance fibers from Himalayan giant nettle (Girardinia diversifolia L.). 20th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference Proceedings: unconfirmed American Chemical Society.
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/115400/

  • 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/

  • Ford L, Blackburn RS, Rayner CM (2015) Degradation Products of the Glycosidic Components in Rubia tinctorum. Dyes in History & Archaeology 34

  • Blackburn RS (2015) High-value actives from fruit waste and seaweed for the cosmetics industry. Advances of Personal Care Formulation

  • Benohoud M, Rayner CM, Blackburn RS (2015) Industrial application of anthocyanins extracted from food waste. 8th International Workshop on Anthocyanins

  • Blackburn RS (2015) High-value actives from fruit waste and seaweed for the cosmetics industry. Getting value from plants: extracting and purifying high value chemicals. HVCfP Network Workshop.

  • Ford L, Blackburn RS, Rayner CM (2014) Extraction and identification of natural dyes for sustainable and historical applications. Dyes in History and Archaeology 33

  • Blackburn RS (2014) Sustainability Challenges of The Apparel & Footwear Industry and Opportunities for Innovation (Keynote Address). 18th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference

  • Lanzilao G, Blackburn RS, Goswami P (2013) Himalayan Nettle (Girardinia Diversifolia) as Sustainable Fibres for High Performance Garments (Poster). Nonwovens Innovation Academy

  • LANZILAO G, BLACKBURN RS, Goswami P, EL-DESSOUKY H (2013) Himalayan nettle (girardinia diversifolia) and european nettle fibres and their application in high-performance textiles: analysis and comparision of both fibres. 14th National & 1st International Recent Develoments, Textile Technology and Chemistry Symposium

  • Goswami P, Blackburn R, Russell SJ (2013) Manufacturing of Novel Fully Dispersible Hydrophobic Sheet Material Using Biodegradable Material. Techtextil North America 2013

  • Blackburn RS (2012) Natural Actives for Effective Functional Cosmetics Products – a Realistic Prospect? (Keynote Address). 5th SCS Annual Scientific Symposium 2012 Society of Cosmetics Scientists.

  • Goswami P, Gala MS, Blackburn R, Russell S (2012) Feasibility of producing functionalized nonwovens for the selected containment of organic compounds. Nonwovens research academy

  • Goswami P, Blackburn R (2011) What are the most sustainable fibres for nonwoven application?. Nonwovens network 14th annual event

  • Blackburn RS (2010) Sustainable Textile Materials. ECOMATERIALS INNOVATION LAB PopTech.

  • Kljun A, Blackburn RS, Benians T, Knox JP, Goubet F, Meulewaeter F (2010) Comparative analysis of crystallinity changes in cotton fibres using atr-ftir and immunoassay labelling techniques. 41st International Symposium on Novelties in Textiles

  • Blackburn R, Macrae R, McGowan PC, Pask CM, Rayner CM (2009) Combined Synthesis and Coloration of Poly(lactic acid) - The DyeCat Process. 11th Pacific Polymer Conference

  • Blackburn R (2009) Green and Sustainable Coloration (Keynote Address). SDC Green Dyehouse

  • Goswami P, Blackburn R (2009) Effect of sodium hydroxide pre-treatment on crystallinity of cellulose II and cellulose I fibres. First end-year meeting of the Marie Curie project 'Shaping and transformation in the engineering of polysaccharides (STEP)'

  • Goswami P, Blackburn R (2009) Role of green chemistry in sustainable coloration (Keynote Address). SDC International Conference: Sustainability in coloration

  • Siroky J, Manian AP, Siroka B, Abu-Rous M, Schlangen J, Bechtold T, Blackburn RS (2008) CONTINUOUS ALKALI TREATMENT PROCESS OF PLAIN WOVEN LYOCELL FABRICS: EFFECT OF ALKALI CONCENTRATION. Proceedings: ITC&DC: 4TH INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE CLOTHING & DESIGN CONFERENCE, BOOK OF PROCEEDINGS : 453-458.

  • Zhang W, Blackburn R, Dehghani A (2007) Effect of silica on the electrical properties of epoxy of phenolic resin/carbon black/silica composite coating. Proceedings: Materials Science Forum 546-549.PART 3: 1525-1530.

  • Blackburn R (2007) Sustainability in Textiles. C.L.A.S.S. Conference

  • Blackburn R (2007) Cotton Sustainability (Keynote Address). Cotton Sustainability Summit

  • Blackburn RS, Goswami P (2007) Sorption and diffusion behavior of alkali-treated lyocell fabric. 2nd International Cellulosic Conference Proceedings: 2nd International Cellulose Conference 2nd International Cellulose Conference.

  • Hewitt AD, Blackburn RS, Russell SJ (2006) The dyeing of nonwovens: An examination of the adsorption behaviour of hydroentangled fabrics. Proceedings: International Nonwovens Technical Conference, INTC 2006 : 673-683.

  • Blackburn R (2006) Sustainable textiles: Definitions, research and development. Green Solutions in Textiles and Fashion

  • Hewitt AD, Russell SJ, Blackburn RS (2006) Comparative Dyeing Performance of Hydroentangled Fabrics and Implications for Improved Sustainability. Proceedings: Nonwovens Research Academy EDANA.

  • Blackburn RS, Harvey A, Payne J, Kettle LL (2004) Sorption of poly(hexamethylenebiguanide) on cellulose: Mechanism of binding and molecular recognition.. Proceedings: ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 228: U356-U356.

  • Blackburn RS (2003) Green Colour Chemistry. Proceedings: World Universities Network Exellence in Green Chemistry Symposium, San Francisco, USA World Universities Network Exellence in Green Chemistry Symposium, San Francisco, USA.

  • Blackburn RS (2003) Green Chemistry to Treat Effluent. Proceedings: Abstracts of papers of the 39th IUPAC Congress and 86th Conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, Ottawa, Canada Abstracts of papers of the 39th IUPAC Congress and 86th Conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, Ottawa, Canada.

  • Blackburn RS (2003) Natural polysaccharides and their interactions with dye molecules: Applications in effluent treatment.. Proceedings: ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 225: U262-U262.

  • Blackburn RS (2003) Green chemistry in effluent treatment. Proceedings: ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY 225: U980-U980.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Jones LD (2002) Observations on the UK-TO Wash Fastness Testing Protocol. Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2002 American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists International Conference & Exhibition Proceedings of the 2002 American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists International Conference & Exhibition.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Collins GW, Gordon R (2001) Pre-treatment of cotton to facilitate Part 1: Dyeing with acid dyes, Part 2: No salt, no alkali dyeing with reactive dyes. Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2001 6th Asian Textile Conference, Hong Kong Proceedings of the 2001 6th Asian Textile Conference, Hong Kong.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Gordon R (2000) Dyeing cotton/polyamide blend fabrics with 1:2 metal complex acid dyes. Proceedings: Textile Chemist and Colorist and American Dyestuff Reporter 32.12: 44-48.

  • Burkinshaw SM, Blackburn RS (2000) Pre-treatment of cotton to facilitate no salt, no alkali, neutral pH dyeing with a range of reactive dyes. Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2000 AATCC International Conference & Exhibition Proceedings of the 2000 AATCC International Conference & Exhibition.: 30-41.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Gordon R (1997) The aftertreatment of 2:1 pre-metallised acid dyes on nylon 6,6 using a commercial syntan/cation system. Proceedings: Book of Papers, International Conf. and Exhibition AATCC, Atlanta, 1997 : 90-96.

  • Blackburn RS, Burkinshaw SM, Gordon R (1997) The aftertreatment of 2:1 pre-metallised acid dyes on nylon 6,6 using a commercial syntan/cation system. Proceedings: AATCC 1997 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION - BOOK OF PAPERS : 90-96.

Reports

Patents

  • Blackburn RS, Rayner CM, Benohoud M, Tidder A (2015) Ink Composition.

  • Blackburn RS, Rayner CM (2014) Personal care composition and methods of making the same.

  • Blackburn RS, McGowan PC, Pask CM, Rayner CM (2011) CATALYSED DYE SYSTEMS.

  • Blackburn RS, Rose PM, Rayner CM (2010) NATURAL HAIR DYES.

  • Blackburn RS, Rayner CM, Pask CM, McGowan PC (2007) Novel catalytic materials and their use in the preparation of colored polymeric materials.

Research Centres & Groups

Sustainable Materials Research Group (Head)

Textiles Technology Research Group (Leader)

External Appointments

Editorial board for Coloration Technology (Wiley) and Textiles and Clothing Sustainability (Springer)

External examiner at School of Chemistry, National University of Singapore

External examiner at School of Textiles & Design, Heriot-Watt University

External examiner at School of Engineering, Maribor University, Slovenia

External examiner at School of Materials, University of Manchester

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Sustainable Materials Research Group

Dr. Meryem Benohoud (Keracol Limited)

Dr. Alenka Tidder (Keracol Limited)

Lauren Ford (Post-doctoral Research Assistant)

Elisabeth Dufton (Primary Supervisor) PhD (Full-time)

Philippa Hill (Primary Supervisor) PhD (Full-time)

Lucy Cotton (Primary Supervisor) PhD (Full-time)

Muhammad Wathon (Supervisor) PhD (Full-time)

 

Professional Practice

Reviews Editor of the journal Coloration Technology

Regular peer-reviewer for leading journals, including Coloration Technology, Green Chemistry, Environmental Science & Technology, Langmuir, Cellulose, Dyes and Pigments, and Carbohydrate Polymers.

Fellow of The Society of Dyers and Colourists, Chartered Colourist, Member of The Royal Society of Chemistry, Member of The American Chemical Society.

Links

Dirty laundry: Are your clothes polluting the ocean? (BBC News)

Spin-out company Keracol Limited

Pure Super Grape skincare range developed for Marks and Spencer

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