Bringing together expertise from across a large academic community, Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC) tackles global challenges through collaborative research and innovation, working nationally and internationally with business, NGOs, and other academic institutions. 

Our research mainly focuses on developing innovative science and technology, new approaches and methods, including work on new polymers, textile materials, chemical treatments, manufacturing processes, testing methods and digital tools.

Work with us 

LITAC has several mechanisms and resources in place to support academics and industry partners to come together and collaborate in research, including:

  • preparation of collaborative research proposals
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)
  • PhD scholarships developed collaboratively with industry partners
  • testing and analytical services
  • networking opportunities with key researchers, industry leaders and policy makers.

Case studies 

Learn more about a recent research project, Impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on the UK Fashion and Textiles Technology Ecosystem, which included a variety of stakeholders from industry, policy and academia exploring the impacts of global challenges.

Our spinouts 

LITAC’s academic research in textile science and technology has led to the creation of innovative spin-out companies (companies that are developed following University research), all of which have attracted significant external investment: 

  • Nonwovens Innovation & Research Institute (NIRI) Ltd, a global product development and technical consultancy company, develops nonwoven and related products
  • XEROS PLC develops and licenses platform technologies which transform the sustainability, performance and economics of water intensive processes, including the washing of clothing
  • Keracol Ltd develops active molecules from plant sources applied in cosmetic products for hair coloration, hair care and skin care as food colorants and food ingredients and in nutraceutical applications.

Get in touch

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