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 The Research Institute for Flexible Materials (RiFLEX)

 RiFLEX was established with the remit to undertake funded research, PhD supervision, continuous education, conferences, publishing and community networking

Dr Danmei Sun


Danmei Sun is Assistant Professor in Textile Technology at the School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University. She obtained BSc degree in Textile Engineering from Qingdao University and a PhD in plasma treatment of textile materials from Heriot-Watt University. Dr Sun conducted research on textile properties and processes affected by plasma surface modification for her PhD project.  Following the PhD completion, she became a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant for a three year MOD funded project at the School of Materials, Manchester University. The research involved 2D/3D fabric development for improved ballistic performance and Finite Element Modelling to understand the mechanism of ballistic impact. Since joining School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University as an Assistant Professor in 2010, Dr Sun has extensively involved in research of development of smart/functional textile materials for thermal regulated garment, thermal analysis of textile using Finite Element technique and development of shock absorbing polymers for anti-ballistic application. Her research interests lie in the areas of functional fibres/filaments for smart textiles, eco-friendly printing and dyeing, anti-ballistic materials for soft body armour, understanding material properties through Finite Element Analysis, surface modification of textile materials using plasma technology.   

Research interests

    •  Functional textile materials and their performance
    •  2D/3D woven fabric design and engineering
    •  Plasma surface modification and characterisation
    •  Finite element modelling and prediction
    •  Impact behaviour of textiles
    •  Thermal behaviour of textiles
    •  Dyeing, printing and finishing
    •  Mechanical properties and handle of textiles
View Dr Sun's Research Profile.