• TD1 3HF

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the following areas: (1) Functional Polymers, Fibres, Fabrics and Clothing systems, (2) Sustainable Materials, Processes and Novel Technical Approaches, (3) Textile Finishing and Colouration for added functionality and value, (4) Recycling and Upcycling used and production waste textiles, (5) 3D printing for performance textile and clothing systems, (6) Engineering Design 2D/3D Structures for technical and performance textiles, (7) Performance Textile and Clothing Systems design and assembly, e.g. incorporating responsive materials to react extreme conditions, (8) Modelling textile structures and optimising properties to inform design processes, and (9) Thermal Physiological Comfort of textiles and clothing systems.

1998 …2024

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Research interests

  • Functional polymers, Fibres, Fabrics and Clothing systems
  • Recycling and Upcycling of used and production waste textiles
  • Engineering Design Flexible 2D/3D Structures for performance and technical textiles
  • 3D printing for advanced textile and clothing systems
  • Micro/Nano encapsulation of chemicals for thermal management textiles and clothing
  • Engineering-design textile and clothing systems for extreme conditions
  • Modelling of textile materials, structures and property prediction
  • Techniques and Processes for Sustainable Textiles
  • Textile Finishing for added functionality and value 
  • High- and low-velocity impact flexible materials and structures
  • Plasma-assisted Technology for low-carbon-emission textile production processes

Research Group Contact Details

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

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


Dr Yasin,Research Fellow  Dr G. Dunn            Dr S. Dearlove          Lila Maciel-Pires      

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


Dr S. Channa         Milda Lebedyte    Dr A.M.Thakker          Madiha Ahmad

 (2019 - 2024)             (2020-2022)          (2019-2022)                (2021 -   )


     Zhan Xu            Sylvia Donkor      Nimra Nawaz
     (2022 -  )             (2022 -    )            (2023 -   )



Dr Danmei Sun is an Associate Professor in Advanced Textile Materials & Engineering. She obtained a BSc degree in Textile Engineering from Qingdao University. She then worked in a large-scale textile company for 12 years as a Textile Engineer before pursuing a PhD in investigating sustainable techniques and processes for textile dyeing and finishing at Heriot-Watt University. She conducted research on various textile properties and processes affected by plasma surface modification.  Following the PhD completion, she became a Post-Doctoral Research Associate 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 impact performance and Finite Element Modelling to understand the impact mechanisms.

Since joining the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University as an assistant professor in 2010, Dr Sun has been extensively involved in research of the development of smart/functional textile materials for thermally regulated garments, thermal analysis of textiles using the Finite Element technique and development of shock absorbing polymers for anti-ballistic application, development of active thermal clothing systems, and wearable electronics for various applications. 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, and surface modification of textile materials using plasma technology. Her research activities are supported by various funded projects from funders 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 an external examiner for PhD in universities both in the UK and internationally. She is a member of the EPSRC College and Fiber Society, associate editor and editor for AUTEX Research Journal and Journal of Textile Science & Fashion Technology, respectively, and editorial board member of the following journals: Journal of Industrial Textiles and Advance Research in Textile Engineering. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


  • Q Science (General)
  • Functional Materials
  • Materials
  • Polymer
  • Textile testing
  • Textile Sustainability
  • Surface Chemistry
  • Simulation
  • Performance Design
  • Thermal management
  • TS Manufactures
  • 2D/3D Structure
  • 3D Printing
  • eco-friendly digital printing of textiles
  • textile finishing
  • plasma treatment
  • seamless woven textiles
  • eco-friendly colouration
  • protective textiles


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