Dr Edward Smith

Job: Research Fellow

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

Research group(s): Textile Engineering and Materials (TEAM) Research Group

Address: Vijay Patel Design Wing VP5.22, De Montfort University, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0) 116 207 8372

E: esmith@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/team

 

Personal profile

  • Textile Chemistry
  • Textile Biotechnology
  • Natural fibres (bast fibres and wool)
  • Dyeing and finishing
  • Antimicrobial textile testing

Research group affiliations

Textile Engineering and Materials (TEAM) Research Group

Publications and outputs 

 

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Key research outputs

Enzymatic treatment of wool pre-treated with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide to achieve machine washability
Smith E, Shen J. (2012) Enzymatic treatment of wool pre-treated with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide to achieve machine washability. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation, 30 (1), pp. 38-47

Surface modification of wool with protease extracted polypeptides 
Smith E, Shen J. (2011) Surface modification of wool with protease extracted polypeptides. Journal of Biotechnology 156, pp. 134-140 

The removal of lipid from the surface of wool to promote the subsequent enzymatic process with modified protease for wool shrink resistance
 Smith E, Farrand B, Shen J.  (2010) The removal of lipid from the surface of wool to promote the subsequent enzymatic process with modified protease for wool shrink resistance. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation 28, pp. 329-338 

Covalent bonding of protease to different sized enteric polymers and their potential use in wool processing 
Smith E, Schroeder M, Guebitz G, Shen J.  (2010) Covalent bonding of protease to different sized enteric polymers and their potential use in wool processing. Enzyme and Microbial Technology 47, pp. 105-111 

Comparison of antimicrobial textile treatments 
Smith E, Williams JT, Walsh SE, Painter P. (2010), Comparison of antimicrobial textile treatments, In: Medical and Healthcare Textiles: Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Healthcare and Medical Textiles. editors. Kennedy JF, Anand SC, Miraftab M, Rajendran S. Woodhead Textile Series  No. 75. ISBN 1845692241

Research interests/expertise

Recent research has been in areas including chemical modification of enzymes to improve the performance of wool fibre/ fabric; chemical processing of bast fibre (flax and hemp); functional finishing of fabric using sol-gel and the efficacy of antimicrobial textile testing methodology.

Areas of teaching

Textile materials and technology including coloration, fibres and yarns

Qualifications

  • PhD in Colour and Polymer Chemistry (University of Leeds)
  • MSc in Conservation Science ( De Montfort University, Leicester)
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemistry (University of East Anglia, Norwich)

Courses taught

Currently teach in the following modules:

FBUY 1001: Textile Materials: Coloration and Fibres & Yarns

TXDN 1004: Textile Contexts: Coloration and Fibre Identification

MDTI 5001: Design Innovation and Sustainability

MDTI 5002: Key Textile Technologies

MDTI 5003: Performance and Analysis

Membership of professional associations and societies

Royal Society of Chemistry – Associate Member (AMRSC)

 

Conference attendance

Presenter (Oral):

Smith E, Shen J. Surface treatment of wool to achieve hydrophilic fibre and the effect on subsequent dyeing and protease treatment, International Conference on Eco-Dyeing/ Finishing and Green Chemistry, 8th -12th June, 2011, Hangzhou, China. 

Smith E, Shen J. Treatment of wool with enzyme extracted wool polypeptide to achieve shrink resistance, 7th International Conference on Polymer and Textile Biotechnology, 2nd – 4th March, 2011, Milan, Italy.

Smith E, Williams JT, Walsh SE, Painter, P. Comparison of antimicrobial textile treatments,  4th International Conference and Exhibition on Healthcare and Medical Textiles (MEDTEX’07),16th – 18th July 2007,  Bolton, UK.

Smith, E., Comparison of antimicrobial textile test methods, International Biodeterioration Research Group (IBRG) textiles section meeting, 27th October 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Poster presentations:

Smith E, Zhang Q, Farrand B, Kokol V, Shen J. The development of a bio-scouring process for raw wool using protease, International Conference on Eco-Dyeing/ Finishing and Green Chemistry, June 8-12, 2011, Hangzhou, China.

Contributor:

Shen J, Smith E, Chizyuka M, Walsh S, Martinková L. Sol gel hybrid polymer coating of cotton fabrics, International Conference on Eco-Dyeing/ Finishing and Green Chemistry, 8th – 12th June 2011, Hangzhou, China.

Shen J, Smith E, Dogra N. Development of hydrophobic and antibacterial cotton fabric by sol-gel based surface coating, 7th International Conference on Polymer and Textile Biotechnology, 2nd - 4th March 2011, Milan, Italy.

Shen J, Smith E, Farrand B, Zhang Q. Development of functional surface coatings of wool fibre using sol gel or extracted protein resin, Cost Action 868 workshop on Biotechnical Functionalisation of Renewable Polymer Materials, 18th – 19th September 2008, Varna, Bulgaria.

Session Chair: 

I chaired an Oral Presentation Session, Session A-4 on Functional Textiles (10th June 2011) at the International Conference on Eco-Dyeing/ Finishing and Green Chemistry, June 8-12, 2011, Hangzhou, China.

Consultancy work

Consultancies undertaken:

  • Natural fibre (bast) testing and analysis for two UK based companies 
  • Bast fibre processing research, development and analysis for a North American based company (see external funding)

Current research students

  • Nalinee Netithammakorn
  • Guoli Li
  • Chetna Prajapati (completed PhD April 2017)
  • Mutinta Chizyuka (completed PhD January 2016)

Externally funded research grants information

March 2012 – July 2015: Bast Fibre Processing Optimisation (Project Tiger), commercially funded

June 2011 – February 2012: Flax Processing Optimisation (CHEMEXBAST II), commercially funded

September 2010 – October 2010: CHEMEXBAST: the optimisation of chemical extraction processing of bast fibres, commercially funded

February 2010 – August 2010: Optimisation of Enzyme Processing of Wool – Follow up (HIRF 447F), Innovation Fellowship funded by EMDA & ERDF

March 2009 – August 2009: Optimisation of Enzyme Processing of Wool (HIRF 385), Innovation Fellowship funded by EMDA

Professional esteem indicators

I have refereed research papers for the following journals since January 2008:

  • Textile Research Journal
  • Coloration Technology
  • Amino Acids
  • Biomacromolecules
  • Engineering in Life Sciences
  • Research Journal of Textile and Apparel
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