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Dr Andrew Hewitt has over 23 years experience in textile research and joined the University of Huddersfield in March 2018 as a Lecturer in Textiles. He sits on the steering committee of the Nonwovens Network, the UK's largest association for nonwovens and related industries, and EDANA's Sustainability Working Group.

He graduated from Lancaster University with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and MSc in Polymer Science, then began his career working on the development of textile lubricants and finishes before undertaking a PhD in Hydroentangled Nonwovens at the University of Leeds.

Before joining the University of Huddersfield he worked as a senior manager in a successful University of Leeds spin-out company for over 12 years, conducting confidential textile research and development for industrial clients across the globe.

Andrew has an extensive track record in the development of commercially-focussed new textile products and processes using a wide range of nonwoven process routes for many different end applications, including medical, hygiene, geotextiles, construction, apparel, automotive, furnishings, filtration, insulation, agriculture, disease control and cosmetics.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Structures and properties of nonwovens
  • Textile product and process development
  • The circular economy relating to textiles
  • Biodegradable and sustainable fibres

External positions

Member of the Sustainability Working Group, EDANA

Jul 2018 → …

Steering Committee Member, Nonwovens Network

Dec 2012 → …

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Textiles
  • Nonwovens
  • Circular Economy
  • Polymer and Fibre Science
  • Technical Textiles
  • Product Development
  • Sustainable Fashion and Textiles
  • Medical Textiles
  • Textile Engineering


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