Professor Chris Carr

Chris Carr was awarded a Personal Chair in Textile Science and Technology at UMIST in 2004, and following the formation of the University of Manchester became Deputy Head of School of Materials (Textiles & Paper) until 2009. In 2013 he joined the School of Design, University of Leeds, as Professor of Textile Technology and subsequently became Head of School of Design until September 2020.

His main interests are in the modification of fibrous materials in order to improve performance and the complementary associated analysis of the material, in particular the surface chemistry. Research has focused on general wet chemical and biotechnological modification of textiles, novel colouration, fibre degradation and protective mechanisms (historical woven tapestry materials), hair performance and surface chemistry, recycling/sustainability, 3D weaving, paper technology and healthcare textiles/materials. He was a member of the Engineering Science and Technology Panel for the 2014 and 2020 Hong Kong Universities Research Assessment Exercises.

In 2008 he became a Liveryman in the Dyers Company in London and was awarded the Weavers Company Silver Medal for outstanding contribution to Textile Education and Research in 2008. In 2015 he was awarded the Society of Dyers and Colourists Gold Medal for outstanding contribution to Textile & Colour Education and is currently a Trustee on the Society of Dyers and Colourists Board.