University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Colour and Polymer Chemistry

Major research activities include: Fluorescent brighteners; fundamental studies of crystal forms; the preparation of novel systems; infra-red absorbing dyes; dyes for liquid crystals or laser optical data recording; functional polymers; biocatalyst immobilisation; plastics coloration; surface phenomena; novel coatings; novel reactive ring systems; a programme of synthesis and dye application studies to a variety of fibres; environmental effects of colouring processes; improved dyeing procedures and use of modern chemical analysis techniques to alleviate pollution in dye manufacture and application; leather dyeing: modification to hide to improve dyeability; enhanced dyeing; effects of dyebath additives on dye absorption characteristics; fibre modification; changing dyeing properties of fibres to improve wet fastness and colour yield; disperse dyeable cotton; reactive fibres; colour measurement; problems associated with fluorescent substrates; particle size measurement; dye aggregation and its effect on reactive dyeing; fluorescent dye; novel chromophore development; dye photochemistry; affinity chromatograph; polymer studies; solid state characterisation of polymers; macromolecular dyes; copolymer characterisation via solid state and dilute solution properties; lyotropic liquid crystalline polymers; biocatalyst immobilisation studies; radiation effects on polymers; polymerisation kinetics of novel systems (photochemically and radiolytically induced); dyeing machiner; computer simulation and computer control; cosmetic science: keratin chemistry; colour in cosmetics; new hair dyeing systems.

Course modules

Assessment methods

Sponsorship information

EPSRC; industry; University.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years
PhD Part-time - 5 years
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years
MSc (Res) Full-time - 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Chemistry
Telephone number: 
0113 343 6552