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PhD projects

(1) Smart and Functional Polymers and Fibres for smart and performance textiles and apparel, (2) Textile finishing and colouration for added functionality and value, (3) Recycling and upcycling used and production waste textiles, (4) Engineering design 2D/3D fabric structures with aimed properties for technical textiles and performance clothing, (5) Performance garment design and assembly, e.g. incorporating responsive materials for aimed purposes, (6) Finite element analysis of textile structures and properties to inform engineering design process, (7) Thermal physiological comfort of textiles and clothing systems, (8) New processes and techniques for textile dyeing, printing and finishing.


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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    Dr Sarah Dearlove      Lila Maciel-Pires      

       (2018 - 2020)                (2015 - 2018)         (2015-2021)                                                                                                 


Saadullah Channa   Milda Lebedyte    Alka M Thakker          Madiha Ahmad


Research interests

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


Dr Danmei Sun is an 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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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