Dr Ningtao Mao


I obtained my PhD in Textile Technology from The University of Leeds in 2001, and obtained BSc and MSc degrees in Textile Technology from the Northwest Institute of Textile Science and Technology (NWITST), China in 1985 and 1988 respectively. After a few years of working experience in NWITST and Heriot-Watt University, I joined the School in 2003 as a Research Fellow working in nonwovens and technical textiles. I was appointed as a Lecturer in Performance Textiles in August 2008 and then Senior Lecturer in July 2010.



Research interests

My research interests are focused on functional fabrics and clothing, including the utilisation of natural fibres as functional elements in technical textiles and the characterization and modelling of the properties of fibrous materials used in technical applications. I am particularly interested in the liquid wetting and wicking in fibrous assemblies including nonwovens, the fluid-fibre-particle interactions, fluid transport and heat transfer in nonwoven materials, nanofibre composites and functional clothing. I am also interested in characterisation, digitisation, digitalisation and engineering design of fabric tactile and drape properties. Other interests include the engineering of sustainable technical textile materials and processes and their life cycle assessment.

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  • PhD
  • MSc
  • BSc

Student education

Teaching technical textiles and textile product innovation in MSc Textiles and MA Fashion Enterprises and Society, and MA Global Fashion Management programmes.

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