Centre for Technical Textiles

Welcome to Textile Materials Technology at Leeds

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Textile materials are at the heart of a multitude of consumer, industrial and healthcare products, driving their technical performance, aesthetics and environmental impact. Amongst our current, externally funded project portfolio are collagen fibre matrices that promote repair and regeneration of bone and soft tissues, ostomy bags that immediately disperse during disposal, sustainable dyes that reduce reliance on oil-based resources, triggered disassembly of clothing for substantially increasing rates of recycling or reuse, and advanced blood filters for reducing the number of hospital visits that kidney patients need to make.

The multimillion pounds, externally funded research portfolio, involves collaboration with PLC’s, SME’s and start-up operations nationally and internationally. Our mission is to achieve excellence in fundamental and applied research in fibrous assemblies whilst promoting interdisciplinary collaboration in all fields related to technical textiles.

Based upon the research expertise, we also provide innovative and flexible learning and teaching through the dissemination, transfer and application of knowledge for the benefits of industry and academia. Consultancy and knowledge transfer services are also offered in textile materials and manufacturing to provide solutions to industrial problems and product innovation.

Our research has also produced four spin-out company operations, NIRI Ltd; Xeros Ltd; Keracol Ltd and DyeCat Ltd, each of which develops technology and products in many different sectors. The listing of Xeros Ltd on AIM (formerly the Alternative Investment Market) is planned in 2014. This follows a successful period in which Xeros successfully raised £15 million and generated sales revenues from its patented waterless washing technology.


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