Nonwovens research in Leeds focuses on pre-competitive fundamental and applied research on the production, structure and properties of nonwoven fabrics. The process-structure-property relationships and modelling of nonwoven materials continues to underpin our research. The team is led by Prof. Stephen J. Russell and involves multi-disciplinary collaborations both nationally and internationally. The research brings together PhD research students and research fellows with many different backgrounds, including textiles, materials science, chemistry, mathematics, design, nursing and engineering.
Research in nonwovens is a major contributor to activities in The Clothworkers’ Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH), which is addressing unmet patient needs in woundcare, infection control, blood filtration and incontinence, amongst other areas.
We are a founding member of the Nonwovens Network, which has over 170 industry members and supports research dissemination and continuing professional education of industry personnel through its annual events and training programmes. The Network also provides a forum for technical discussion of generic issues in the industry.
A separate University of Leeds spin-out Company provides consultancy and commercial product development in nonwovens: NIRI Ltd
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