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    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

(1) Functional Polymers, Fibres, Fabrics and Clothing systems
(2) Sustainable Materials, Processes and Techniques for textile processing
(3) Textile Finishing and Colouration for added functionality and value
(4) Recycling and Upcycling used and production textile waste
(5) 3D printing for advanced textile and clothing systems
(6) Engineering Design 2D/3D Structures with aimed properties for technical and performance textiles
(7) Performance Garment design and assembly, e.g. incorporating responsive materials to react extreme conditions
(8) Modelling textile structures and optimising properties to inform design processes
(9) Thermal Physiological Comfort of textiles and clothing systems

19982022

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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)                                                                            

                                          

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

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

                           

     Zhan Xu            Sylvia Donkor
     (2022 -  )           (2022 -  )

   

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
  • Modelling of textile materials, structures and property prediction
  • Techniques and Processes for sustainalbe 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

Biography

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 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 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, devlopment 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, 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 external examiner for PhD these 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. She is a regular paper reviewer for many international peer-reviewed journals.

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

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