1996 Doctor of Philosophy, Textile Chemistry "Chemical Modification of Bacterial Cellulose to Produce Improved Wound Care Products", Leeds University, UK
1993 Textile Chemistry BSc (Hons) PhD, Leeds University
Research interests & activities
My research focuses on the intrinsic properties of wool fibres and fabrics with particular emphasis around seeking new uses and penetrating new markets for wool fibre. I am particularly interested in medical and personal care textiles and interactions between human skin and textiles. This includes working with next to skin textiles (base-layer) and also other products (sanitary, wound dressings) that come into direct contact with skin. My capability also spans the evaluation of the impact of skincare products and textiles via skin health efficacy trials. I have designed new test equipment and methods for evaluating wool fibre and fabrics including burn injury assessments and odour evaluation equipment.