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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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Coloring Agents Chemical Compounds
Nonwoven fabrics Engineering & Materials Science
Dyes Engineering & Materials Science
Recycling Engineering & Materials Science
Textiles Engineering & Materials Science
Chemical analysis Engineering & Materials Science

Research Output 2006 2019

  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Conference contribution
  • 2 Article

Finishing Processes and Recent Developments

Hewitt, A. & Hebden, A., 8 Aug 2019, Fibres to Smart Textiles: Advances in Manufacturing, Technologies, and Applications. Patnaik, A. & Patnaik, S. (eds.). Boca Raton: CRC Press, p. 201-220 20 p. (Textile Institute Professional Publications).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Textile finishing
Textile processing
2 Citations (Scopus)

Technical design for recycling of clothing

Durham, E., Hewitt, A., Bell, R. & Russell, S., 25 Aug 2015, Sustainable Apparel: Production, Processing and Recycling. Elsevier Inc., p. 187-198 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Seam Separation Technology to Facilitate Re-use and Recycling of Textile Products

Durham, E., Hewitt, A., Rea, C. & Russell, S. J., 28 Apr 2014, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2014: Part 1. Setchi, R., Howlett, R. J., Naim, M. & Seinz, H. (eds.). 1 ed. UK: KES International, Vol. 1. p. 184-187 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Citations (Scopus)

Fibre composition of donated post-consumer clothing in theUK

Ward, G. D., Hewitt, A. D. & Russell, S. J., 1 Feb 2013, In : Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Waste and Resource Management. 166, 1, p. 29-37 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Chemical analysis
Municipal solid waste
4 Citations (Scopus)

The dyeing of nonwoven fabrics part 1: Initial studies

Burkinshaw, S. M., Hewitt, A. D., Blackburn, R. S. & Russell, S. J., 1 Sep 2012, In : Dyes and Pigments. 94, 3, p. 592-598 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Nonwoven fabrics
Coloring Agents

Activities 2006 2019

  • 6 Invited talk
  • 3 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...

Developments in Medical Nonwovens

Andrew Hewitt (Speaker)
9 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

The True Cost of Fashion

Andrew Hewitt (Member of programme committee)
22 Mar 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

6th International Conference on Technical Textiles and Nonwovens

Andrew Hewitt (Speaker)
7 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Advances in Technical Textile Research

Andrew Hewitt (Speaker)
5 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Eco-TLC General Assembly

Andrew Hewitt (Participant)
10 Jun 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Press / Media

BBC Radio Leeds - Liz Green Breakfast Show

Andrew Hewitt


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other