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Research in the Centre for Materials Science and Technology seeks to:

  • Evaluate and understand human body/textile/environment interactions
  • Focus on medical/injury prevention
  • Study fibres, yarns, fabrics and the artefacts made from them
  • Link culture, history and materials through science
  • Engage in research partnerships with Maori that explore the connection between Te Ao Maori (Maori world view) and Science
  • Undertake technical analysis of artefacts for cultural materials conservation
  • Develop critical understandings and creative applications to address present and future needs
  • Use engineering analysis in a holistic way


Research themes in the specific disciplines in the Centre are as follows:

Bioengineering and Nanomedicine

  • Particle engineering/technology
  • Biomedical devices (Dr A Ali)
  • Biomaterials
  • Computational modelling (Associate Professor S Wakes)

Fibre and Textile Sciences

  • Characterisation of selected fibres, fabrics, leather and clothing, and the effect of these on properties and performance (Professor RM Laing, Dr BJ Lowe, Dr C Smith, Associate Professor CA Wilson)
  • Effects of clothing and textiles on human performance; preventing and/or minimising severity of injury (Professor RM Laing, Associate Professor CA Wilson)
  • Clothing, textiles and culture (Dr BJ Lowe, Dr C Smith)
  • Engineering analysis including finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics (Associate Professor S Wakes)

Further information about research, research facilities and consultancy undertaken by staff is available elsewhere on this site.