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Textile Technology Research Group

Research in the Textile Technology Group traces its roots back to 1874 and spans fibre science and technology, yarn and fabric manufacturing including nonwovens, fabric finishing, design of (bio-)polymer systems amenable to fibre/textile manufacture, testing and characterisation and engineering of environmentally sustainable textile materials and processes for applications beyond traditional boundaries, such as healthcare.

Our current, multi-million pound, externally funded research project portfolio includes work on the multiscale design and manufacture of fibres and high performance composites from recycled materials, collagen-based systems with bespoke architecture (hydrogels, fibres, textiles) that promote wound healing and repair and regeneration of bone and soft tissues, and sustainable dyes and functional fabric finishes and antimicrobials that reduce reliance on oil-based resources and antibiotics.

We also host The Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH), a multi-disciplinary research initiative involving researchers from across the campus. Globally, textile graduates are making substantial contributions to global industry and commerce, manufacturing and design, education and public service.

Our research is also making a wider impact through product innovation. Our research is also making a wider impact through product innovation. Several University spin-out companies have formed as a result of Leeds’ textile research, involving work in the field of waterless washing technology (Xeros plc), applications in the field of nonwoven textiles (NIRI Ltd), and products in sustainable and natural cosmetics (Keracol Ltd).

A substantial proportion of our research is conducted with, and funded by, industrial partners such as Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, Estée Lauder, Marks and Spencer, Lenzing Fibers, Bayer Crop Science.

 

Members have committee key roles within professional bodies including the Society of Dyers and Colourists, EDANA, The Textile Institute. We have editorial positions for international journals such as Coloration Technology. Journal of the Textile Institute, Textile Research Journal.

 

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