Personal profile

Research interests


Dr Sun's research interests cover the following areas:

  • Development of smart polymers, fibres and performance characterisation

  • Engineering design 2D/3D fabric structures for performance textiles and clothing

  • Finite Element Modelling of textile materials, structures and properties

  • Nano encapsulation of PCM for thermal management textiles

  • High velocity impact mechanisms of textiles

  • Plasma treatment and nano-scaled modification of textiles

  • Textile dyeing, printing and finishing


Research Group Contact Details

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

   (2012 - 2015)                (2012 - 2016)         (2012 - 2013)               (2017 -2018)


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





Dr Danmei Sun is Associate Professor in Textile Materials & Engineering at the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University. 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.

Dr Sun has served as external examiner for PhD thesis in universities both in the UK and internationally. She is Member of Fiber Scoiety and Editorial Board Member of 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.


  • TS Manufactures
  • 2D/3D fabric structures
  • Functional polyers, fibres, and fabrics
  • Plasma treatment
  • Technical textiles
  • Performance garment
  • Finite element modelling
  • Thermal management of textiles
  • Ballistic impact of textile
  • finishing and dyeing techniques
  • Printing techniques

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Selected Research Output 1998 2018

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


Sun, D. 2001 In : 國外紡織技術. 12, p. 1-6

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Sun, D. & Xu, Y. 1998 In : 济南纺织化纤科技. 4, p. 12-19

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Activities 2011 2016

  • 6 Editorial activity
  • 2 Membership of external research organisation
  • 1 Invited talk

Advance Research in Textile Engineering (Journal)

Sun, D. (Editorial board member)
2 Sep 2016 → …

Activity: Editorial activity

Society of Plastics Engineers (Event)

Sun, D. (Member)
9 Jan 2016 → …

Activity: Membership of external research organisation

Journal of Industrial Textiles (Journal)

Sun, D. (Editorial board member)
17 Aug 201616 Aug 2021

Activity: Editorial activity

Journal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics (Journal)

Sun, D. (Editorial board member)
1 Jan 201631 Dec 2018

Activity: Editorial activity

Journal of Fashion Technology and Textile Engineering (Journal)

Sun, D. (Editorial board member)
15 Oct 2015 → …

Activity: Editorial activity