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  Recycling and Reuse of Waste Wool: Enzymatic Extraction of Polypeptides and their Applications

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  Prof Jinsong Shen  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project focuses on the enzymatic extraction of wool polypeptides from low value wool materials or waste wool fabrics and developing potential applications for different end uses.

This work will extend and develop the previous innovative biotechnological research conducted by the supervisory team. Further development will be explored for regeneration of protein materials from the extracted wool polypeptides either in the forms of filaments or composite for biobased leather materials. The extracted polypeptides will also be applied back onto virgin wool fibres to achieve machine washable wool by developing innovative grafting technology including enzymatic crosslinking or sol-gel based surface polymer coating. The successful outcomes from the project will make contribution to the circular economy of wool manufacturing and production.

The successful candidate will be supervised within the internationally-renowned TEAM (Textiles Engineering and Materials) Research Group, by Professor Jinsong Shen. Research work will be conducted in TEAM’s conditioned laboratory.


Potential applicants can contact Professor Jinsong Shen, for any questions about the project or for informal enquiries ([Email Address Removed]).

Applicants must:

  • Possess a UK Honours degree with at least an upper second class, or overseas equivalent degree, or a relevant Masters qualification.
  • Demonstrate competence in the use of the English language. Please see section 5b here for further details on meeting our English language entry criteria.

The deadline to apply is Monday 8th July 2024.

Information on how to apply for this scholarship please visit

Engineering (12) Environmental Sciences (13) Materials Science (24)

Funding Notes

The full studentship (tuition fees and salary stipend) is eligible to home and international students, commencing on 1st October 2024.

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