Surface Functionalization of Fibres with Active Grafting Polymer
Textiles with multiple functional properties are the future of the global textile and apparel industry offering new challenges as well as opportunities. A major application of these textiles will be in the field of functional clothing where the consumer is demanding more and more comfort, easy care, health and hygiene while at the same time expecting protection against mechanical, thermal, chemical and biological attacks. Along with the new functionalities, other desirable properties of finishes include the appearance, feel and durability to laundering. Such complex expectations can only be met by developing new, advanced and innovative technologies for finishing of textile products.
To meet the requirement of functional fabrics, in this project, a systematic study will be carried out to establish active interfaces by grafting functional polymer on fabrics. The approach will be a combination of interfacial molecular engineering science of fibre and functionalization of textile, which will build on recent studies of surface initiated atom transfer radical polymerization on fibres.
Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments of at least the Research Council minimum (currently £14,057) for eligible UK and EU applicants. EU nationals must have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme to be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend). Other EU nationals may be eligible for a fees-only award.
Applicants should have at least a 2.1 honours degree with deep knowledge in Materials and Chemistry, as well as computational skills. The focus of the project will be decided to suit the background and the strengths of the student.