In the fashion and clothing sector, there is a recent trend toward sustainable, environmental and socially responsible manufactured and grown fibres and materials. This is due to a number of non-profit organisations [Worldwide Fund and People for Ethical treatment of animals - PETA] had highlighted the impact on the environment and encouraged the use of sustainable materials and consumers use of social media had increased the awareness of impact of depletion of resources and environment.

In terms of fibre consumption, synthetic fibre/filaments are predicted to increase in textiles and clothing sector, although natural fibre consumption remains low and is predicted to decrease. With the advent of fast fashion, there is a greater demand for mass produced products at low cost. This trend leads to reduced shelf life of products resulting in large landfill and waste of resources.

The cellulose and natural fibre manufacturing process developed in our lab can offer an excellent solution to sustainable textiles produce textiles for the fashion industry. Furthermore, the green fibre manufacturing process can be used to combine natural dyes such as curcumin, Indigo, pomegranate juice extract for eco-textiles or sustainable textiles for fashion industry.

This project will develop sustainable textiles in Cranfield University (Dr Sameer Rahatekar) in collaboration with the Academic and Industrial Collaborators in London and across UK working in the textiles and fashion sector.

At a glance

  • Application deadline25 Sep 2024
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date27 Jan 2025
  • Duration of award4 year
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of world
  • Reference numberSATM503


Dr Sameer S Rahatekar, Composites and Advanced Materials Centre, Cranfield University, UK

Entry requirements

Applicants should have an equivalent of first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.


This is a self-funded research opportunity. Find out more about tuition fees.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

If you are eligible to apply for this research opportunity, please complete the online application form.

For further information please contact Dr. Sameer S Rahatekar
T: +44 (0)1234 750111 extension 4685