Research Fellow in Sustainable and Renewable Fibres using Ionic Liquids

University of Leeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Apr 25, 2021
May 05, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge?

Do you possess a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Polymer Chemistry or a related degree?

Do you want to further your career in one of the UK's leading research-intensive Universities?

Project Title: Recycling Textile and Fibre Waste Using Ionic Liquids (IonTex)

Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to work with Dr. Richard Blackburn in the School of Design, who is leading the project. The research of Dr. Blackburn focuses on natural products chemistry, polymer chemistry, cellulose chemistry, coloration technology, industrial scale up of chemical processes, and sustainability in textile fibres.

Much sustainability for textiles has focused on what the textile is made from rather than a full life-cycle perspective. The project aims to provide a new sustainable route to convert waste textile materials (primarily cellulose-based) into new materials, thereby reducing consumption of virgin materials and providing a technology that is circular. The only way to recycle cotton and other cellulose-based materials into material of a quality comparable with virgin fibres is through chemical recycling, however, such chemical recycling is not a trivial process and many current cellulose processing methods do not have genuine green credentials.

The project details are confidential, but in general we will look to develop a chemical recycling system utilising ionic liquids that can both dissolve cellulose and separate it from other 'impurities'. We will produce fibres from this waste and assess properties and applications.

The project is funded by The Clothworkers Company who have an association with the University of Leeds dating back to the foundation of the Yorkshire College in 1874.

You will have a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Textile Chemistry, Materials Chemistry or a related degree, and a background in one of these disciples or a related disciplne.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Richard Blackburn, Head of Sustainable Materials Research Group, email:

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