Dr Danmei Sun

Associate Professor


I currently teach Undergraduate and Postgraduate students in the area of Textile Technology, specialising in Fibres, Yarns, Weaving, Printing and Finishing techniques, and Smart Textiles and Apparel.

My research group currently incorporates four PhD students and one Master by research student as first supervisor and several other PhD students as second supervisor. My research interests cover the following areas:

  •  Functional Polymers and Fibres for smart and performance textiles and apparel.
  •  Engineering design 2D/3D fabric structures for technical textiles and performance clothing.
  •  Finite element analysis of textile structures and properties to inform design and development process.
  •  Developing new materials from recycling/upcycling waste textile.
  •  Sustainable and eco-friendly processes and techniques for textile colouration and finishing.
  •  Development of novel structures through weaving and 3D printing for low and high velocity impact protection.

Areas of interest

  • Functional fibres, 2D/3D structures, Finite Element Modelling, Sustainable textiles, High and low velocity impact, Thermal management textiles, Eco-friendly colouration


2012: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching – Heriot-Watt University

2006: MPhil-PhD in investigating eco-friendly textile finishing processes – Heriot-Watt University

1989: BSc. in Textile Engineering – Qingdao University


I am an Associate Professor of Textile Materials & Engineering. I obtained a BSc in Textile Engineering from Qingdao University, China. Ithen worked at Chengtong Textile Ltd., a large-scale textile company for 12 years as a Textile Engineer, before pursuing a PhD in developing sustainable textile finishing processes employing plasma technology at Heriot-Watt University.

After my PhD, I joined the School of Materials at Manchester University as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant, on a three year MOD (UK) funded project. The research involved 2D/3D fabric development for improved ballistic performance and Finite Element Modelling to understand ballistic impact mechanism.

I joined the School of Textiles and Design in 2010 as an Assistant Professor. My research interests include smart/functional textile materials for thermal regulated garments, thermal analysis of textiles using Finite Element Method, shock absorbing polymers for anti-ballistic applications, and 3D printing for protective textiles, anti-ballistic materials for soft body armour, and understanding material properties through Finite Element Analysis.

My research is supported by external funders such as UK Dstl/MoD, Harris Tweed,Textiles Future Forum, Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, Iron and Ocean Ltd., Scottish Funding Council.

I have served as an external examiner for PhD thesis in universities both in the UK and Internationally. I am also a member of Fiber Society, and Editorial Board Member of Journal of Industrial Textiles and Journal of Textile Science and Fashion Technology.

"Student-centred and research-led teaching approach, combined with state of the art theory and practices from industry, showing a genuine enthusiasm for the subject which attracts students attention"

Danmei Sun