Professor Stephen J. Russell
- Position: Professor of Textile Materials & Technology
- Areas of expertise: Textile and nonwoven fabric engineering, materials and manufacturing, textile product design for healthcare, consumer and industrial sectors. Sustainability in the fashion and textile industry.
- Email: S.J.Russell@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3736
- Location: Clothworkers Central Building
I am a textile engineer and a specialist in nonwovens, with a background in both academic and industrial research.
Professor of Textile Materials & Technology (2006–Present), Director, Leeds Institute for Textiles and Colour (LITAC), (2021–Present), Director, Clothworkers' Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH) (2012–Present), Director, Future Fashion Factory (FFF) (2018–Present), Director, Nonwovens Research (1995–Present). Founder and Group Technical Director, NIRI Ltd - University of Leeds spinout company (2005–Present), Honorary Liveryman of the Clothworkers Company (2013), Freeman of the City of London (2013).
The research group comprises ~25 PhD students and staff supported by the EPSRC, AHRC, Innovate UK and numerous companies. Research focuses on the manufacture and process-structure-property relationships of textile materials, particularly nonwovens and technical textiles, attracting research income of ~£30 million. The research has led to new fabrics industrially applied in a raft of medical, healthcare, consumer and industrial products with critical performance requirements. Outcomes include micro-cavitied nonwoven fabrics with directional specific permeability enabling controlled liquid distribution, water dispersible medical devices and multiple industrially licensed textile technologies.
In 2005 following external investment, I founded the Nonwovens Innovation and Research Institute (NIRI) Ltd, a University of Leeds spin-out company serving the global nonwovens industry, specialising in technical consultancy and product development.
- Director, Clothworkers' Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare (CCTMIH)
- Director, Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC)
- Director, Future Fashion Factory (FFF)
- nonwoven materials, manufacturing and technology
- textile science, manufacturing and technology; process-structure-property relationships
- sustainable development in the fashion and textile industry
- technologies for textile recycling and reuse
- biomaterials manufacturing, design and manufacture of fibre-based devices for healthcare
- CText FTI