Professor Jinsong Shen

Job: Professor of Textile Chemistry and Biotechnology

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: School of Design

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

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, UK, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 257 7558

E: jshen@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/

 

Personal profile

Jinsong (Jim) Shen is Professor of Textile Chemistry and Biotechnology at the School of Fashion and Textiles, and Head of Textile Engineering And Materials (TEAM) Research Group, De Montfort University. He holds BSc and MSc degrees in textile chemistry from Donghua University and a PhD in protein chemistry from the University of Leeds. While at the University of Leeds, Jinsong conducted the fundamental research to understand the protein structure of wool fibre. Since joining TEAM research group in 1994, Prof. Shen has extensively involved in the research of protein materials, development of biotechnology for the textile wet processes and textile effluent treatments, and functional finishing to enhance fibre properties and fabric performance.  His current interests lie in the areas of textile biotechnology, sol-gel technology, nanotechnology and flame retardant technology, and their applications leading to the development of protective garments and multifunctional materials. 

Prof. Shen has been involved in a number of international and national research projects including UK TSB LPTSM, UK AHRC LEBIOTEX, UK DEFRA WOOLCAT, EU COST ACTION 847, EU FP5 BIOEFFTEX and PROTEX, EU FP6 ENZUP and EU FP7 SAFEPROTEX projects.  Prof. Shen has coordinated two large EU collaborative projects in the research of bio-engineering to produce enzymes with specific activities which offer exciting opportunities for development of functional materials. 

Research group affiliations

Textile Engineering and Materials (TEAM) Research Group

Emerging Technologies Research Centre (EMTERC) 

Publications and outputs 

  • The influence of mechanical action on felting shrinkage of wool fabric in the tumble dryer
    The influence of mechanical action on felting shrinkage of wool fabric in the tumble dryer Bao, Wei; Shen, Jinsong; Ding, Xuemei Felting shrinkage of untreated wool fabric occurs easily during tumble drying. Mechanical action applied on fabrics plays a significant part in felting shrinkage of wool fabric. In general, the more severe the mechanical action of a washing or drying machine, the more rapid is felting shrinkage. However, both the degree of mechanical action applied on fabric and the type of mechanical action could influence felting shrinkage of untreated wool fabric. In the current study, fabric movement and felting shrinkage of untreated wool fabric at different rotation speeds of the drum in a tumble dryer under no heating condition were studied. Based on the different fabric movements at different rotation speeds of the tumble drum, the extent of impact force and rubbing force at different rotation speeds were assessed through their ranking. The total mechanical action applied on the fabric was expressed by the percentage of thread removal of “thread removal fabric” during drying process. The results showed that lowest mechanical force on fabrics could be achieved when the higher rotation speed of the drum was used for drying wool fabrics in tumble dryers, and it could prevent wool felting shrinkage. It was also found that falling of the fabric followed by impact to the drum wall caused less felting shrinkage than sliding with rubbing between fabrics. Therefore, falling movement of fabric could be a potential method to dry wool fabric in drying machines without causing severe felting shrinkage. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • Microencapsulation for improved mosquitoes' repellent efficacy of cotton fabrics
    Microencapsulation for improved mosquitoes' repellent efficacy of cotton fabrics Grancaric, Ana; Laird, Katie; Botteri, L.; Laatikainen, K.; Shen, Jinsong In recent years, mosquitoes that can transfer viruses causing vector-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika and West Nile virus have dramatically increased and reached Europe. In 2018, a higher number of 1503 human cases were reported in the EU/EEA and EU neighbouring countries. The current research was involved in the development of mosquito repellent cotton fabrics with natural essential oils and further improvement of mosquitoes repellent efficacy by microencapsulation of repellents on cotton Fabrics. The repellents efficacy for Anopheles spp. is calculated by using the results of WHO modified test method CTD/WHO PES/IC/96.1. Mosquito-repellency of the treated cotton fabrics against Aedes aegypti mosquito species were tested by using Y-tube Olfactometer. SEM images of treated cotton fabrics were also represented in this paper. open access article
  • Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Textile Coloration, Patterning, and Surface Effects
    Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Textile Coloration, Patterning, and Surface Effects Kane, Faith; Shen, Jinsong; Morgan, Laura; Prajapati, Chetna; Tyrer, John; Smith, Edward The environmental impact of textile dyeing and finishing is of paramount concern in the textile industry. Enzyme and laser processing technologies present attractive alternatives to conventional textile coloration and surface patterning methods. Both technologies have the capability to reduce the impact of manufacturing on the environment by reducing the consumption of chemicals, water and energy, and the subsequent generation of waste. Two emerging textile processing technologies, laser processing and enzyme biotechnology, were investigated as a means of applying surface design and color to materials with a focus on improving the efficiency and sustainability of existing textile design and finishing methods. Through industrial stakeholder engagement and interdisciplinary research involving textile design, fiber and dye chemistry, biotechnology and optical engineering, this design-led project brought together design practice and science with a commercial focus. Each technology was used to modify targeted material properties, finding and exploiting opportunities for the design and finishing of textiles. The work resulted in a catalog of new coloration and design techniques for both technologies making it possible to achieve: selective surface pattern by differential dyeing, combined three-dimensional and color finishing and novel coloration of textile materials. The chapter provides a literature review mapping the use of enzyme biotechnology and laser processing technology within textile design and manufacturing to date, identifying current and future opportunities to reduce environmental impacts through their application. The methodological approach, which was interdisciplinary and design-led, will be introduced and the specific design and scientific methods applied will be detailed. Each of the techniques developed will be discussed and examples of the design effects achieved will be presented. And, an indication of the reductions in chemical effluent, efficiencies in resource use, and design-flexibility in comparison with traditional textile coloration and surface patterning techniques will be given.
  • The influence of moisture content on shrinkage of wool fabrics during domestic tumble drying process
    The influence of moisture content on shrinkage of wool fabrics during domestic tumble drying process Bao, Wei; Shen, Jinsong; Ding, Xuemei Shrinkage of wool fabrics caused during tumble drying is a serious defect. In the drying process, the felting shrinkage of wool fabrics was influenced by the moisture content and temperature of wool fabric as well as mechanical action being applied on the wool fabric. In the current study, the relationship between moisture content of wool fabrics and shrinkage was studied in the drying programs under no heating condition or heated condition. This study also analyzed shrinkage behaviors of the untreated wool fabric and the Chlorine-Hercosett treated wool fabric with different moisture contents. For the untreated wool fabric, moisture content in the fabric could influence the mechanical properties of wool fibers, resulting in the different extent of felting shrinkage of wool fabric during tumble drying. For the Chlorine-Hercosett treated wool fabric at different initial moisture contents, there was no obvious variation in the length change under no heating condition, but a slight difference in the shrinkage under heated condition. The study could lead to the new guidance for efficient drying of wool fabric with less felting shrinkage. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • Laccase-catalyzed polymerization of hydroquinone incorporated with chitosan oligosaccharide for enzymatic coloration of cotton
    Laccase-catalyzed polymerization of hydroquinone incorporated with chitosan oligosaccharide for enzymatic coloration of cotton Bai, Rubing; Yu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Qiang; Shen, Jinsong; Yuan, Jiugang; Fan, Xuerong Chitosan oligosaccharide (COS), a water-soluble carbohydrate obtained from chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis of chitosan, has similar structure and properties to non-toxic, biocompatible, and biodegradable chitosan. However, COS has many advantages over chitosan due to its low molecular weight and high water solubility. In the current work, COS was incorporated in the laccase-catalyzed polymerization of hydroquinone. The laccase-catalyzed polymerization of hydroquinone with or without COS was investigated by using simple structure of glucosamine hydrochloride as an alternative to COS to understand the mechanism of COS-incorporated polymerization of hydroquinone. Although polyhydroquinone can be regarded as the polymeric colorant with dark brown color, there is no affinity or chemical bonding between polyhydroquinone and cotton fibers. Cotton fabrics were successfully in-situ dyed into brown color through the laccase-catalyzed polymerization of hydroquinone by incorporating with COS as a template. The presence of COS enhanced the dye uptake of polyhydroquinone on cotton fibers due to high affinity of COS to cotton and covalent bonding between COS and polyhydroquinone during laccase catalysis. This novel approach not only provides a simple route for the biological coloration of cotton fabrics but also presents a significant way to prepare functional textiles with antibacterial property. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • Microencapsulation of natural essential oils to develop sustainable textiles for antimicrobial and mosquito repellent functionality
    Microencapsulation of natural essential oils to develop sustainable textiles for antimicrobial and mosquito repellent functionality Laird, Katie; Shen, Jinsong; Soroh, Anita; Grancaric, Ana; Rahim, Noor
  • Microencapsulation for Improved Mosquitoes Repellent Efficacy of Cotton Fabrics
    Microencapsulation for Improved Mosquitoes Repellent Efficacy of Cotton Fabrics Grancaric, A. M.; Laird, Katie; Botteri, L; Shen, Jinsong; Laatikainen, K In recent years, mosquitoes that can transfer viruses causing vector-borne diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika and West Nile virus have dramatically increased and reached Europe. In 2018 a higher number of 1503 human cases were reported in the EU/EEA and EU neighbouring countries. The current research was involved in the development of mosquito repellent cotton fabrics with natural essential oils and further improvement of mosquitoes repellent efficacy by microencapsulation of repellents on cotton Fabrics. The repellents efficacy for Anopheles spp. is calculated by using the results of WHO modified test method CTD/WHO PES/IC/96.1. Mosquito-repellency of the treated cotton fabrics against Aedes aegypti mosquito species were tested by using Y-tube Olfactometer. SEM images of treated cotton fabrics were also represented in this paper.
  • Enzyme-catalysed synthesis of polymeric colorants for wool coloration and surface patterning
    Enzyme-catalysed synthesis of polymeric colorants for wool coloration and surface patterning Shen, Jinsong There is considerable interest for improving the sustainability of textile preparation, coloration and functional finishing. An enzyme-based eco-friendly approach not only has the potential advantage in saving time and energy from conventional wet processes but also can provide unique functions to textile materials. Laccases and peroxidases (oxidoreductases) have become important enzymes for their application in textile processing due to their great versatility and capability of catalysing the oxidation of a broad substrate spectrum. The current study demonstrated the ability of laccase and peroxidase, through controlled application, to produce innovative coloration of wool textile materials. A full range of colours have been achieved through enzyme-catalysed polymerisation of different precursors or simple aromatic compounds using different processing parameters. To demonstrate the coloration and design potential by laccase or peroxidase catalysation of aromatic compounds, specially constructed fabrics using a combination of undyed wool, nylon and polyester yarns were dyed using the one-step enzyme-catalysed coloration process. The use of different fibre types and weave structures enabled simple colour variations to be produced. Shadow, reserve and contrasting effects were achieved with the enzyme-catalysed dyeing process developed.
  • Chitosan-Templated Bio-coloration of Cotton Fabrics via Laccase-Catalyzed Polymerization of Hydroquinone
    Chitosan-Templated Bio-coloration of Cotton Fabrics via Laccase-Catalyzed Polymerization of Hydroquinone Bai, Rubing; Yu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Qiang; Shen, Jinsong; Yuan, Jiugang; Fan, Xuerong There is an increasing interest in the development of enzymatic coloration of textile fabrics as an alternative to conventional textile dyeing processes, which is successful for dyeing protein fibers. However, unmodified cotton fabrics are difficult to be dyed through enzyme catalysis due to the lack of affinity of biosynthesized dyes to cotton fibers. In order to improve the enzyme‐catalyzed dyeability of cotton fibers, chitosan was used to coat cotton fabrics as template. A novel and facile bio‐coloration technique using laccase catalysis of hydroquinone was developed to dye chitosan‐templated cotton fabrics. The polymerization of hydroquinone with the template of chitosan under the laccase catalysis was monitored by ultraviolet‐vis spectrophotometer on the absorbance of reaction solution. A significant peak of UV‐vis spectrum at 246 nm corresponding to large conjugated structures appeared and increased with increasing the duration of enzymatic catalysis. The effect of different treatment conditions on the laccase‐catalyzed dyeing of cotton fabric was investigated to determine their optimal parameters of laccase‐catalyzed coloration. Fourier‐transform infrared spectroscopy spectra demonstrated the formation of H‐bond and Schiff base reaction between chitosan and polymerized hydroquinone. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that the surface of dyed cotton fiber was much rougher than that of the control sample. Moreover, X‐ray photoelectron spectroscopy also revealed the existence of the chitosan/polymerized hydroquinone complex and polymerized hydroquinone on the dyed cotton fibers. This chitosan‐templated approach offers possibility for biological dyeing coloration of cotton fabrics and other cellulosic materials. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • Enzymatic thiol-ene click reaction: an eco-friendly approach for MPEGMA-grafted modification of wool fibers
    Enzymatic thiol-ene click reaction: an eco-friendly approach for MPEGMA-grafted modification of wool fibers Zhang, Pan; Wang, Qiang; Shen, Jinsong; Wang, Ping; Yuan, Jiugang; Fan, Xuerong The thiol–ene click reaction has been commonly used for the modification of many materials due to its high efficiency, high selectivity, and reliability. To further promote the sustainable technology for the modification of keratin-based materials, enzymatic biotechnology and thiol–ene click chemistry was integrated for the first time for grafting modification of wool fibers with methoxy polyethylene glycol methacrylate (MPEGMA). Wool fibers were reduced to create thiol groups and then grafted with MPEGMA through a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-mediated thiol–ene click reaction. In order to understand the grafting mechanism of MPEGMA on wool, l-cysteine was used as a model compound for the thiol group of the reduced wool in the current research. The structures of MPEGMA reacted with l-cysteine and grafted on wool fabrics were investigated by FTIR, MALDI-TOF, Raman spectra, and XPS. The surface morphology, wettability, moisture penetrability, and regain of modified wool fibers were also assessed. The results showed that l-cysteine reacted with MPEGMA through the thiol–ene click reaction. The MPEGMA-grafted wool fabric had good surface wettability, and its moisture penetrability and regain were also improved when compared with untreated wool fabric. The HRP-initiated thiol–ene grafting reaction not only encouraged green and sustainable click chemistry but also provide an alternative eco-friendly approach for modification and functionalization of keratin and keratin-containing materials. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.

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Key research outputs

Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Shen J (2018), Laccase-catalysed coloration of wool and nylon, submitted to Coloration Technology, published online.

Bai R, Yu Y, Wang Q, Fan X, Wang P, Yuan J, Shen J (2018), Laccase-catalyzed poly(ethylene glycol)-templated ‘zip’ polymerization of caffeic acid for functionalization of wool fabrics, the Journal of Cleaner Production, 191, 48-56.

Iakovlev D 1, Hu S, Hassan H, Dwyer V, Ashayer-Soltani R, Hunt C and Shen J (2018), Smart Garment Fabrics to Enable Non-Contact Opto-Physiological Monitoring, Biosensors, 8(2), 33.

Yuan M, Wang Q, Shen J, Smith E, Bai R, Fan X (2018) Enzymatic coloration and finishing of wool with laccase and polyethylenimine, Textile Research Journal, 88(16), 1834-1846.

Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Shen J (2017), Enzyme Catalysed Coloration and Surface Patterning, International Dyer, 202(3), 59-61.

Zhang T, Bai R, Shen J, Wang Q, Wang P, Yuan J, Fan X (2017) Laccase-catalyzed polymerization of diaminobenzenesulfonic acid for pH-responsive colour-changing and conductive wool fabrics, Textile Research Journal, online available now

Riley K, Williams J, Owen L, Davis A, Shen J and Laird K (2017) The Effect of Low Temperature Laundering and Detergents on the Survival of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus on Textiles Used in Healthcare Uniforms. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 123(1), 280-286.

Riley K, Fergusson M, and Shen J (2017), Sustainable Fabric Choice for Regularly Laundered Healthcare Uniforms, The Journal of the Textile Institute, 108(3), 440-444.

Bai R, Yu Y, Wang Q, Yuan J, Fan X and Shen J (2016), Laccase-catalyzed in-situ dyeing of wool fabric, The Journal of the Textile Institute, 107(8),995-1003.

Shen J and Smith E (2015),  'Enzymatic treatments for sustainable textile processing' in the book, Sustainable apparel: production, processing and recycling (Edited by R Blackburn), Woodhead Publishing Ltd, England. (ISBN-10:1782423397), pp 119-134.

Pei E, Shen J and Watling J (2015), Direct 3D printing of polymers onto textiles: experimental studies and applications, Rapid Prototyping Journal, 21(5), 556-571.

Price S L, Huddersman K D, Shen J, Walsh S E (2013), Mycobactericidal activity of hydrogen peroxide activated by a novel heterogeneous fentons-like catalyst system, Letters in Applied Microbiology. 56(2), 83-87.

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

Smith E and Shen J. (2012) Surface treatment of wool to achieve hydrophilic fibre and the effect on subsequent dyeing and protease treatment, Advanced Materials Research, 441, 249-254.

Smith E, Zhang Q, Farrand B, Kokol V and Shen J (2012)  The development of a bio-scouring process for raw wool using protease, Advanced Materials Research, 441, 10-15.

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

Smith E, Farrand B and 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 (5-6), 329-338.

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

Shen J (2010), ‘Enzymatic treatment of protein fibres’ in the book: Advances in Textile Biotechnology (Edited by V Nierstrasz and A Cavaco-Paulo), Woodhead Publishing Ltd. England, 171-192, (ISBN 1 84569 625 5).

Lenting H B M, Broekman H, Guebitz G M, Kokol V and Shen J (2009), Industrial production of enzyme-modified wool fibres for machine-washable bed coverings, Biotechnology Journal, 4(10), 1441-1449.

Shen J (2009), Wool finishing and the development of novel finishes in the book, Advances in wool technology (Edited by N A G Johnson and I Russell), Woodhead Publishing Ltd, England. (ISBN 1 84569 332 9), pp 147-182.

Smith E, Zhang Q, Shen J, Schroeder M and Silva C (2008), Modification of Esperase by covalent bonding to Eudragit polymers L 100 and S 100 for wool fibre surface treatment. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation, 26(5), pp 391-398.

Tsobkallo ES, Kvaratskheliya V A, Shen J and Wyatt J (2008), The influence of temperature on residual deformation of Phenylon and Nomex yarns following the creep-recovery process. J Text Inst, 99(5), pp 451-457.

Research interests/expertise

  • Bio-engineering in textile processing 
  • Textile materials and their performance
  • Textile dyeing, printing and finishing
  • Flame retardant finishing
  • Natural fibres (cotton, wool, silk, flax, hemp and nettle, etc)
  • Enzyme-based textile Biotechnology 
  • Textiles effluent treatments 
  • Protein fibres and multifunctional protein materials 
  • Nano-layer surface coating 
  • Sol-gel technology
  • Natural fibre reinforce composites

Areas of teaching

  • Textile preparation, coloration and finishing 
  • Textile performance and testing
  • Advanced textile technology
  • Textile Biotechnology

Qualifications

  • MSc and BSc in textile chemistry (Donghua University)
  • PhD in protein chemistry (University of Leeds)

Courses taught

  • Textile Finishes and Product Performance
  • Project supervision at both undergraduate level and MPhil / PhD.
  • Textile Dyeing, Printing and Finishing

Honours and awards

Visiting Professor. Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, China, 4/2013 - 3/2015.

Visiting Professor, Jiangnan University, China, 2007-2010.

Membership of external committees

  • Scientific committee member of 2019 International Conference on Eco-textiles (ICET2019) and YoungScholar Forum, 4th - 6th August 2019 in Wuxi, China.
  • Scientific committee member of the 8th, 9th and 10th International Conference on Polymer and Fiber Biotechnology, Portugal 25-27 May 2014, Japan 7-9 September 2016 and Brazil 24-27 April 2017.
  • Scientific committee member of the 13th International Wool Research Conference (IWRC-13) and AATCC Sustainability Symposium (AATCC-SS), June 10-14, 2015 in Hangzhou, China.
  • Scientific committee and conference organizing committee member of the International Conference on Eco-Dyeing / Finishing and Green Chemistry (EDFGC2011) in Hangzhou, China, 8-12 June 2011.
  • Scientific committee member of 12th International Wool Research Conference, Shanghai, China, 19-22 October 2010.
  • Scientific committee member of 1st international conference on Sustainable Textiles (ICST08), China, 18-21 May 2008.
  • Consultant Committee member of National engineering Research Centre for Dyeing and finishing of textiles, Ministry of Science and Technology of China since 2002.
  • Chair of Chinese Textile & Apparel Society in UK, 2006-2008.

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Corporate Member of the Society of Dyers and Colourists 
  • Member of Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)
  • Crystal Faraday member for UK’s innovation centre for green chemical technology
  • Member of Chinese Textile & Apparel Society in UK

Conference attendance

Shen J, Enzyme-catalysed synthesis of polymeric colorants for wool coloration and surface patterning, the 2019 International Conference on Eco-Textiles (ICET2019) and Young Scholar Forum, 4 - 6 August 2019, Wuxi, China.

Shen J, Enzyme biotechnology for textile coloration and surface patterning, 2019 International Symposium on Advanced Textile Science and Engineering, 9th July 2019, Shanghai, China,

Grancaric A, Laird K, Shen J and Botteri L, Development of sustainable cotton fabrics with natural immortelle essential oil for antimicrobial and mosquito repellent functions. 1st International Conference on Political Decision Making and Vector-Borne Diseases – Interdisciplinary Research, Complexity and Bio-Mathematics, 4-5 of April 2019, Valença, Portugal.

Soroh A, Shen J, Laird K, Natural Products for Use in Antimicrobial Microcapsules for Textiles: Novel and Green.  EU COST ACTION (network) project (CA16227) Interdisciplinary Research on Mosquito-combating Textiles and Paints, Scientific Meeting, October 2018, Orhid, Macedonia.

Shen J, Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Enzyme-based biotechnology for textile coloration and surface pattern, The 91st Textile Institute World Conference, 23-26 July 2018, Leeds, UK

Laura M, Shen J, Matthews J and Tyrer J, From Responsive Design to Sustainable Systems: Digital Laser Processing across the Textile Production Cycle, The 91st Textile Institute World Conference, 23-26 July 2018, Leeds, UK

Laura M, Shen J, Matthews J and Tyrer J, Laser Peri-Dyeing for Agile Textile Design: Implementing Laser Processing Research within the Textile Industry, Proceedings of 18th AUTEX World Textile Conference, 20 - 22 June 2018, Istanbul, Turkey.

Shen J, Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Enzyme-based Biotechnology for Textile Coloration and Surface Patterning, Proceedings of 18th AUTEX World Textile Conference, 20 - 22 June 2018, Istanbul, Turkey.

Moragan L, Prajapati C, Shen J, Kane F, Tyrer J and Smith E, Innovative Technologies for Sustainable Textile Coloration and Surface Design, 10th International Conference on Fiber and Polymer Biotechnology, 24-27 April 2018, Balneário Camboriú, Brazil.

Prajapati C, Shen J and Smith E, Enzyme Catalysed Coloration and Surface Patterning. Exhibited at Intersections: Collaboration in Textile Design Research Exhibition, September 13, 2017, Loughborough University, London.

Ogbechie A, Abioye A, Shen J, Laird K, Antimicrobial Activity of Litsea, Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oils and Their Combinations Against Healthcare and Sportswear Infection-Related Pathogens, ASM Microbe, 2017, New Orleans.

Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Shen J, Laccase-catalysed colouration of wool and nylon fibres. The 9th International Conference on Fiber and Polymer Biotechnology, 7 - 9 September 2016, Osaka, Japan.

Shen J, Laccase-catalysed colouration and finishing of wool. The 9th International Conference on Fiber and Polymer Biotechnology, 7 - 9 September 2016, Osaka, Japan.

Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Shen, J, Biotechnology for textile coloration and surface pattern. The Emperor’s New Clothes, 8th September 2016, University of Leeds, UK;

Morgan L, Kane F, Tyrer J, Shen J, Laser Moulding For Textiles: Supporting Sustainable Design and Manufacture. Circular Transitions - Mistra Future Fashion Conference on Textile Design and the Circular Economy, 23–24 November 2016, Chelsea College of Arts & Tate Britain, London.

Shen J, Chizyuka M, Prajapati C, Smith E, Surface modification of wool with proteolytic enzyme and sol-gel polymer, 13th International Wool Research Conference (IWRC-13) and AATCC Sustainability Symposium (AATCC-SS), 10-14 June 2015, Hangzhou, China

Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Shen J, Laccase-catalysed coloration for textile fibres, 13th International Wool Research Conference (IWRC-13) and AATCC Sustainability Symposium (AATCC-SS), 10-14 June 2015, Hangzhou, China

Morgan L, Tyrer J, Kane F, Shen J, Laser-Dyeing for Sustainable Textile Design, 13th International Wool Research Conference (IWRC-13) and AATCC Sustainability Symposium (AATCC-SS), 10-14 June 2015, Hangzhou, China

Morgan L, Tyrer, J, Kane F, Shen J, Laser Enhanced Dyeing of Wool for Textile Design, Transition: Re-thinking Textiles and Surfaces, 26-27 Nov 2014, Huddersfield, UK

Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Shen J, Enzyme processing technology to generate textile surface patterning, Transition: Re-thinking Textiles and Surfaces, 26-27 Nov 2014, Huddersfield, UK

Varheenmaa M, Martinkova L and Shen J,  Evaluation of repellency and cleanability properties of the multifunctional protective textiles treated with nanosol-based finishing, 28th International Conference on Surface Modification Technologies, 16-18 June, 2014, Tampere, Finland.

Shen J, Novel finishing of protease treated wool, the 8th International Conference on polymer and fiber biotechnology, 25 - 27 May 2014, Portugal.

Prajapati C, Smith E, Kane F, Shen J, An investigation into enzyme processing technology to generate textile surface patterning, the 8th International Conference on polymer and fiber biotechnology, 25 - 27 May 2014, Portugal.

Shen J and Smith E, Novel approaches of enzymatic surface modification of wool to achieve machine washability, 12th Asian Textile Conference (ATC-12), Shanghai, China, October 23-26, 2013.

ShenJ, Smith E, Chizyuka M, Walsh S, and Martinková L, The development of sol-gel based hybrid polymers to achieve multifunctional textile fabric surface coating, the XVII International Sol-Gel conference, Madrid, Spain, 25-30 August 2013.

ShenJ, Smith E, Chizyuka M, Walsh S, and Martinková L,Sol-gel process of cotton fabric to achieve multifunctionality, 13th AUTEX World Textile Conference, Dresden, Germany, 22th - 24th May 2013.

ShenJ, Smith E. Novel approaches of enzymatic processing of wool to achieve machine washability, BIT’s 4th Symposium of Enzymes & Biocatalysis, Nanjing, China, 25-27 April 2013.

Shen J, Smith E, Chizyuka M, Walsh S, and Martinková L, Nanolayer surface coating of cotton fabric with sol-gel based hybrid polymers to achieve hydrophobic and antibacterial properties, 12th World Textile Conference AUTEX, 13 - 15 June 2012, Zadar, Croatia.

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

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

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

Walsh S E, Price S L, Boateng M K, Shen J and Huddersman K, Potentiation of hydrogen peroxide activity using a novel heterogeneous catalyst, the 111th General Meeting of American Society for Microbiology, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 21-24 May 2011.

Price S L, Shen J, Huddersman K and Walsh S E, Mycobactericidal and bactericidal properties of a novel antimicrobial catalyst and its ‘leachate’, Summer conference 2011 of society for applied microbiology, Dublin, Ireland, 4-7 July 2011.

Shen J, Smith E and Dogra N, Sol-gel hybrid polymers for surface coating of textile materials, the 7th International Conference on Polymer and Textile Biotechnology, Milan, Italy, 2-4 March 2011.

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

Smith E and Shen J (2010), Development of Enzymatic Processing of Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide Pre-treated Wool to Achieve Machine Washability, Proceedings of the 12th International Wool Research Conference, 19-22 Oct. 2010, Vol I, 189-193.

Shen J (2010), Progress on enzymatic treatment of wool fibres with native and modified proteases, the Inaugural Symposium on Enzymes & Biocatalysis, Shanghai, China, 22-24 April 2010.

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

Shen J (2008), Enzymatic shrink-resist process based on modified proteases for machine washable wool, the 5th International Conference of Textile Research Division, 6-8 April 2008 in Cairo, Egypt.

Consultancy work

  • Textile materials and their performance
  • Textile dyeing, printing and finishing
  • Enzyme-based textile Biotechnology 
  • Textiles effluent treatments 
  • Protein fibres and multifunctional protein materials 
  • Nano-layer surface coating 
  • Sol-gel technology
  • Photocatalysis

Current research students

Mutinta Chizyuka (PhD candidate), “Development of sol-gel technology for textile surface coating to achieve self-cleaning and antibacterial properties” (1st Supervisor)

Wing Yin Choi (PhD candidate), “Future body measurement for clothing pattern making” (1st Supervisor)

Chetna Prajapati (PhD candidate), “Biotechnology for textile design: 3D colour and surface patterning” (1st Supervisor)

Laura Morgan (PhD candidate), “Laser technology for textile design: 3D colour and surface patterning”, (2nd Supervisor)

Joanne Horton (PhD candidate), "Novel applications of metallised embellishment for high value mixed media textiles" (1st Supervisor)

Kate Riley (PhD candidate), "Fibre choice for improved sustainability in regularly laundered healthcare textiles" (1st Supervisor)

Anita Ogbechie (PhD candidate), “Green Microencapsulation for antimicrobial coating of textiles" (2nd Supervisor)

Randa Alsabhi (PhD candidate), "3D printing on textiles", (1st Supervisor)

Nalinee Netithammakorn (PhD candidate), "Bioprocessing of wool and flax textile materials", (1st Supervisor)

Guoli Li (PhD candidate), "The effectiveness of orthotics in reducing the hallux valgus angle for patients with mild and moderate hallux valgus", (1st Supervisor)

Jisook Harn (PhD candidate), "Laser technology for textile surface design", (1st Supervisor)

Externally funded research grants information

Source of funds: EU COST Action (CA16227)
Project title: Investigation and Mathematical Analysis of Avant-garde Disease Control via Mosquito Nano-tech-repellents
Role in project: Management committee member (UK)
Duration: 48 months 
Starting date: 21st September 2017

Source of funds: AHRC Grant (AH/P014925/1)
Project title:
Industrial Exploitation of Laser-Dyeing Processes for Apparel and Furnishing Textiles Markets
Role in project: Coordinator
Duration: 9 months 
Starting date: 1st October 2017
Project value: £98,220
Collaborators: Loughborough University, Speedo, Camira Fabrics, Stretchline, Crystal Martin

Source of funds: Cotton Incorporated (CI)
Project title: Functional Cotton Fabrics with Durable Sensing Ability
Role in project: Coordinator12 months 
Starting date: 1st January 2015
Total project value: US$77,432    Funding from CI: US$50,621
 Collaborators: National Physical Laboratory, Loughborough University

Source of funds: Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
Project title:
Laser Processing for Textile Surface Modification
Acronym: 
LPTSM
Role in project:
DMU PI 
Duration: 
15 months 
Starting date:
1st September 2014
Project value:
£164,500
Collaborators:
Camira Fabrics, Loughborough University

Source of funds: AHRC Research Grant-Standard (AH/J002666/1)
Project title: Laser Enhanced Biotechnology for Textile Design: 3D Colour and Surface Patterning
Acronym: LEBIOTEX
Role in project: Coordinator
Duration: 3 years 
Starting date: 30th June 2012
Project value: £252,608
Collaborators: Loughborough University, Speedo, Camira Fabrics, Teresa Green Design

Source of funds: EU FP7 Collaborative Project Targeted to SMEs (NMP2-SE-2010-228439)
Project title:
High-Protective Clothing for Complex Emergency Operation
Acronym: SAFEPROTEX
Role in project: DMU PI
Duration: 3.5 years 
Starting date: 1st April 2010
Project value: €4,224,567
Collaborators: CLOTEFI (coordinator), INOTEX spol,s.r.o. (CZ), RESCOLL Technical Centre of Materials (FR), TDV Industries (FR), Tampere University of Technology (FI), GAIKER Technological Centre (ES), Swerea IVF AB (SE), Next Technology Tecnotessile Societá Nazionale di Ricerca (IT), LEITAT Technological Center (ES), Lenzi Egisto S.p.A (IT), Vyskumny ustav chemických vlakien (SK), CALSTA Work Wear S.A. (GR), NANOTHINX S.A. (GR), Suministros Iruñako S.V. (ES), CETEMMSA Technological Center (ES), SAR-ESPAÑA (ES), RESCUE GR (GR).

Source of funds: EU FP6 Co-operative Research Project in the “Horizontal Research Activities involving SMEs (COOP-CT-2005-032877) 
Project title: Enzymatic Up-grading of Wool Fibres
Acronym: ENZUP
Role in project: Coordinator
Duration: 2 years 
Starting date: 1st October 2006
Project value: €1,889,336
Collaborators: Tints Enrich S.L. (ES), Color-center S.A. (ES), Lokateks Skofja (SI), Qualizyme Biotechnology (A), VOF Ovis Texla (NL), James Weekers (NL), Graz University of Technology (A), University of Minho (P), TNO for Applied Scientific Research (NL), Technical University of Catlonia (ES), University of Maribor (SI).

Source of funds: UK DEFRA Renewable Industrial Materials (NF0529)
Project title: Development of Industrial Effluent Treatment Catalysts from Low Value Fleeces
Acronym: 
Role in project: DMU Co-PI 
Duration: 3 years 
Starting date: 2004
Project value: £325,000
Collaborators: DMU Health and Life Sciences (Prof Katherine Huddersman, project coordinator and PI), Loughborough University, Fera, Woolmark, Effotreat. 

Source of funds: EU FP5 Competitive and Sustainable Growth (G1RD-CT-2002-00695)
Project title: Modified Proteases for the Reduction of Felting and Shrinkage of Wool Textiles
Acronym: PROTEX
Role in project: Coordinator
Duration: 3.3 years 
Starting date: 1st June 2002
Project value: €1,860,941
Collaborators: Drummond Parkland of England (UK), Alphachem Specialities Ltd (UK), VOF Ovis Texla (NL), James Weekers (NL), Graz University of Technology (A), University of Minho (P), TNO for Applied Scientific Research (NL).

Source of funds: EU FP5 Competitive and Sustainable Growth (G1RD-CT-1999-00064)
Project title: Biotechnical Treatment and Recycling of Textile Processing Effluents
Acronym: BIOEFFTEX
Role in project: DMU PI
Duration: 3 years 
Starting date: 1st February 2000
Project value: €1,640,223
Collaborators: DWI (D) (coordinator), Textile Alberto De Sousa (P), VTT (FIN), University of Minho (P); Berghof (D), KRKA (SI), STOEHR (D), Graz University of Technology (A); Dystar (D); Quantum Clothing Group Limited (UK)

Published patents

Treatment of wool with enzyme extracted wool polypeptide, September 2010, filing for UK patent, application no.: 1015962.2.

 

Professional esteem indicators

    • Editorial board member of Textiles and Clothing Sustainability http://www.springer.com/materials/journal/40689
    • Editorial board member of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/journal/textile-design/
    • Chair of conference sessions at 12th Asian Textile Conference (ATC-12), Shanghai, China, October 23-26, 2013.
    • Chair of conference sessions atBIT’s 4th Symposium of Enzymes & Biocatalysis, Nanjing, China, 25-27 April 2013.
    • Chair of conference sessions at the 7th International Conference on Polymer and Textile Biotechnology (IPTB2011) in Milan Italy, 2-4 March 2011.
    • Chair of conference sessions at the International Conference on Eco-Dyeing / Finishing and Green Chemistry (EDFGC2011) in Hangzhou, China, 8-12 June 2011. 
    • Chair of conference sessions and keynote speech at 12th International Wool Research Conference, Shanghai, China, 19-22 October 2010.
    • Chair of conference sessions at the Inaugural Symposium on Enzymes & Biocatalysis, 22-24 April 2010 in Shanghai, China.
    • UK expert representative in EU COST ACTION 847 “Textile Quality and Biotechnology”, Specialist knowledge in three areas: (a) Cellulosic Fibres, (b) Protein Fibres and (c) Effluent Treatment.
    • EURATEX thematic expert representative on Biomaterials, biotechnologies and environmentally friendly textile processing (Group n° 3) for the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing.
    • Chair of conference sessions at 5th International Conference of Textile Research Division, 6-8 April 2008 in Cairo, Egypt.
    • Keynote speech at 5th International Conference on Textile Biotechnology, 21-24 October 2007 in Wuxi, China.
    • Chair of conference sessions at the 3rd and 4th International Conference on Textile Biotechnology in 2004 and 2006.
    • Keynote speech at the 3rd International Conference on Textile Biotechnology, 13-16 June 2004 in Graz, Austria,
    • Chair of sessions at the COST ACTION 847 workshop, 11-12 November 2004 in Portugal.
    • External examiner for the postgraduate examination at University of Leeds, University of Karachi and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 

Journal Refereeing information:

  • PROTEINS: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics;
  • Biocatalysis and Biotransformation;
  • Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics;
  • Coloration Technology; 
  • Chemosphere;
  • Biotechnology Journal; 
  • The Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology; 
  • Textile Research Journal; 
  • Journal of the Textile Institute; 
  • Engineering in Life Sciences; 
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology; 
  • Polymer International.
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