Danmei Sun


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Functional polymer for performance textiles and apparel - Functional fibre/filament for performance textiles and apparel -2D/3D fabric structures and properties for technical textiles and performance garments -Performance garment design and assembly -Finite element analysis of textile structures and properties to inform engineering design process -Thermal physiological comfort of textiles and clothing system -New processes and techniques for textile dyeing, printing and finishing -Extraction of colourant from various waste

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Research interests

  • Smart/functional polymers, fibres and fabrics
  • Engineering design 2D/3D fabric structures for various applications
  • Modelling of textile materials, structures and property prediction
  • Micro/Nano encapsulation of PCM for thermal management textiles and clothing
  • High velocity impact mechanisms of flexible materials and structures
  • Plasma assisted technology for low-carbon-emission processes
  • Textile dyeing, printing and finishing for added functionality and value 

Research Group Contact Details

Dr M.O.R.Siddiqui             Dr K.Iqbal            Dr Zhu,PDRA           Dr Chen,PDRA

   (2013 - 2016)                (2012 - 2016)         (2012 - 2013)          (2017 - 2019)


Dr Yasin,Research Fellow  Dr Gail Dunn     Sarah Dearlove      Lila Maciel-Pires      

       (2018 - 2020)                (2015 - 2018)                                                                                                       


 Saadullah Channa    Alka M Thakker



Dr Danmei Sun is Associate Professor in Advanced Textile Materials & Engineering. She obtained BSc degree in Textile Engineering from Qingdao University. She then worked in a large-scaled textile company for 12 years as a Textile Engineer, before pursuing a PhD in plasma treatment of textile materials at Heriot-Watt University. Dr Sun conducted research on textile properties and processes affected by plasma surface modification for her PhD project.  Following the PhD completion, she became a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant working on a three-year MOD (UK) funded project at the School of Materials, Manchester University. The research involved 2D/3D fabric development for improved ballistic performance and Finite Element Modelling to understand the mechanism of ballistic impact.

Since joining School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University as an assistant professor in 2010, Dr Sun has extensively involved in research of development of smart/functional textile materials for thermal regulated garment, thermal analysis of textile using Finite Element technique and development of shock absorbing polymers for anti-ballistic application. Her research interests lie in the areas of functional fibres/filaments for smart textiles, eco-friendly printing and dyeing, anti-ballistic materials for soft body armour, understanding material properties through Finite Element Analysis, surface modification of textile materials using plasma technology. Her research activities are supported by various funded projects from funder such as UK Dstl/MoD, Textiles Future Forum, Harris Tweed, Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Iron and Ocean Ltd., Scottish Funding Council etc..

Dr Sun has served as external examiner for PhD thesis in universities both in the UK and internationally. She is member of the EPSRC College and Fiber Scoiety, and Editorial Board Member of the following journals: Journal of Textile Science & Fashion Technology, Journal of Industrial Textiles, Advance Research in Textile Engineering, International Journal of Textile and Fashion Technology, and Journal of Fashion Technology & Textile Engineering. She is a regular paper reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals.

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Research Output 1998 2020

Investigating Ballistic impact on fabric targets with gripping yarns

Sun, D., Chen, X. & Mrango, M., Jul 2013, In : Fibers and Polymers. 14, 7, p. 1184-1189 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Energy absorption
Textile scouring
Cotton fabrics
Mechanical properties

Improved ballistic performance through increased yarn friction

Sun, D. & Chen, X., 12 Sep 2012.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Surface treatment

2D/3D woven fabrics for ballistic protection

Sun, D., Chen, X., Wang, Y. & Zhou, Y., 10 Sep 2012, 4th World Conference on 3D Fabrics and Their Applications. RWTH Aachen, Manchester, 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Surface roughness investigation of low temperature plasma treated wool and cotton fabrics

Sun, D. & Stylios, G. K., 22 Sep 2003, INTEDEC 2003: International Textile Design and Engineering Conference. Edinburgh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Activities 2011 2018

  • 7 Editorial activity
  • 2 Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 External Examiner
  • 1 Invited talk

Examiner to MSc Advanced Textiles of Leeds University for the period of 2017/18-2020/2021.

Danmei Sun (Examiner)

Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

Journal of Textile Science & Fashion Technology (Journal)

Danmei Sun (Editorial board member)
25 Sep 2018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Journal of Industrial Textiles (Journal)

Danmei Sun (Editorial board member)
17 Aug 201616 Aug 2021

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Advance Research in Textile Engineering (Journal)

Danmei Sun (Editorial board member)
2 Sep 2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Society of Plastics Engineers (Event)

Danmei Sun (Member)
9 Jan 2016 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of external research organisation