Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications

School of Design

Stephen Burkinshaw

Professor of Textile Chemistry

0113 34 33700

Clothworkers Building South, Room 2.01

BSc, PhD (Bradford)


Professor Burkinshaw holds the Chair in Textile Chemistry. He is a colour chemist by training and has carried out research in many aspects of coloration, mostly in collaboration with many of the world’s largest chemical companies. During his time at Leeds, he has held several senior posts including Head of the School of Design and Dean of the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communication. He has supervised over 75 PhD and MSc students, as well as several postdoctoral research scientists; he is currently Honorary Editor of the Elsevier journal, Dyes and Pigments which is the leading colour chemistry scientific journal.

Research Interests

Professor Burkinshaw’s research interests concern the chemistry and application of dyes and pigments, colour measurement and textile finishing. He has published extensively across a wide range of research areas in scientific journals, books and patents. His research activities have so far resulted in the formation of the University of Leeds spin-out company, Xeros Ltd., a new company focused on the development of “virtually waterless” laundry cleaning. Xeros is the brand name for a patented polymer based cleaning that creates step-change advantage in the cost and environmental impact of aqueous cleaning.



Professor Burkinshaw is the coordinator and host of the School of Design Research Colloquia.

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

‘The effect of surface treatments on the dyeing properties of leather’; Mohammed Fazlul Karim; 1989.

 ‘Acid dye resist effects on wool’; Nikolaos F. Nikolaides; 1990.

 ‘Rapid low temperature dyeing of acrylic fibres’; Jaepil Kim; 1990.

 ‘The aggregation of bifunctional halotriazine-vinylsulphone reactive dyes in aqueous solution’; Kekulawalage Gauthamadasa; 1991.

 ‘The reactive dyeing of cellulosic fibres’; Xiaoping Lei; 1991.

 ‘Substantive bleaching agents for wool based on thiourea dioxide’; Jennifer Bronwyn Morgan; 1991.

 ‘The effects of dyebath additives on the dyeing of acrylic fibre with cationic dyes’; Daniel Aitken; 1992.

 ‘Free radical assisted dyeing’; Jiann Guang Lu; 1992.

 ‘The reactive dyeing of cotton to achieve improved fixation efficiency’; Kelvin Nicholas Tapley; 1992.

 ‘Cationic reactive dyes for cellulosic and polyamide fibres; David Hinks; 1993.

 ‘The scavenging of dyes from domestic wash liquors’; Mark Pople; 1993.

 ‘The improved wet fastness of dyeings on polyamide fibres’; Kakoma Django Kenneth Maseka; 1994.

 ‘The non-chrome tanning of hide’; Anthony Nicholas Jarvis; 1995.

 ‘The study of aromatic disulphides as used in sulphur dyeing’; Phillipa Bainbridge; 1995.

 ‘Analysis of chlorotriazinyl reactive dyes in textile effluent: implications for reuse and recycling’; Carol Graham; 1995.

 ‘Synthesis and application of novel aziridinyl azo disperse dyes’; Kong Hyun Sunwoo; 1996.

 ‘Aftertreatments to improve the wet fastness of several dye-fibre systems’; Geoffrey William Collins; 1997.

 ‘The dyeing of Lyocell fibres’; Kaushal Pinakin Gandhi; 1998.

 ‘Substantive Temperature/time indicators’; Graham Roy Heron; 1998.

 ‘Dyeings to enhance the wash fastness of elastane, nylon and polyester’; Alec Ernest Wills; 1998.

 ‘The dyeing and finishing of nylon-6,6’; Anastasios Gotsopoulos; 1999.

 ‘Novel retroreflective finishes’; Graham Neal Griffiths; 1999.

 ‘The wash-off behaviour of reactive dyes on cotton’; Dimitrios Katsarelias; 1999.

 ‘Methods to improve the dyeability of cotton’; Bon Chul Koo; 1999.

 ‘Durable finishing effects for several dye-fibre systems’; Richard Simon Blackburn; 1999.

 ‘Novel methods of dyeing and printing nylon 6.6 and other synthetic fibres’; Samit Narendra Chevli; 2000.

 ‘Dyeings of improved wash fastness on nylon 6.6’; Young-A Son; 2000.

 ‘Methods to improve the domestic wash fastness of direct dyes on cellulose; Matthew Sugdon; 2000.

 ‘Improving the fastness properties on suede leather’; Helen Katrina Tidy; 2002.

 ‘The interaction of reactive dyes with modified cellulose and polyamide substrates; Matthew Clark; 2002.

 ‘The reactive dyeing of nylon 6,6’; Anastasios Anthoulias; 2002.

 ‘Hybranes in dyeing and printing processes’; Massimiliano Mignanelli; 2002.

 ‘Improved ways of dyeing silk fabric’; Michael Paraskevas; 2002.

 ‘The effects of residual deteregent componenets on dyed and undyed fabric’; Sareer Rehman; 2003.

 ‘Novel methods of dyeing to enhance the wash fastness of synthetic fibres’; Lee Daniel Jones; 2004.

 ‘The synthesis and application of reactive dyes for cellulosic fibres’; Zaker Bahrini; 2004.

 ‘The development of a metal-free, tannic acid-based aftertreatment of nylon 6.6 dyed with acid dyes’; Babak Bahojb-Allafan; 2004.

 ‘The dyeing of nylon 6.6 with sulphur dyes’; Kalliopi M. Lagonika; 2004.

 ‘The diffusion of inkjet printing in the textile industry’; Arun Pradeep Vijayan; 2005.

 ‘Non-aqueous dyeing of natural and man-made fibres’; Anna-Maria Negrou; 2007.

 ‘Dyeing and aftertreatment of polyester and polyamide fibres’; Nandan Kumar; 2008.

 ‘Colour, emotion and personality; Jing Wang; 2008.

 ‘Development of a custom ink-jet printing system for textiles’; Yuqian Zhang; 2008.

 ‘Novel approaches to the cleaning of textiles’; Jane Howroyd; 2008.

 ‘The wash-off of reactive dyes’; Orpah Kabambe; 2008.

 ‘Applications of methods for cellulosic substrate degradation’; Qianqian Pan; 2010.

 ‘Low-water application processes for dyes and finishes’; George Salihu; 2014.



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