Fibre Technologies

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The ‘Fibre Technologies’ platform sits within Royce’s research framework and contributes to the development of advanced materials for a sustainable society. This platform supports research across different Royce research areas, including but not limited to biomedical materials and composites based on 2D nanomaterials. It puts together cutting-edge facilities, and expertise to enable innovative research for fabricating polymer and composite fibres for applications such as separation and filtration and batteries or hydrogen storage, and accelerating their industrial exploitation in the smart textiles, aerospace, automotive and health sectors.

The fibre technologies platform aims to ensure that both the UK-wide materials science expertise and capability are visible and accessible to the materials community working on fibre technology related research, including industry and academia. For that, we are offering access to our capability, as well as customized specialist training (including hands-on and data processing) and the possibility to cooperate with our experts in the field of fibre spinning.

Platform Lead

Dr Cristina Vallés
Technology Platform Lead: Fibre Technologies

Dr Cristina Vallés is an academic at the Department of Materials, National Graphene Institute and Henry Royce Institute (University of Manchester, UK) since 2019. Her group’s research focuses on the fabrication of multifunctional polymer nanocomposites for applications in the aerospace sector, and graphene/polymer fibres for wearable electronics.

Dr Vallés is also working on the development of sustainable materials that can replace products currently used in industry. Her research activity in the field of Functional Nanomaterials has been published in over 50 high-ranking, peer-reviewed international journals (>3500 citations [Google Scholar, 08/07/22] with >2100 citations from 2017) and a current H-index of 28.

She has presented her research work in more than 50 International Scientific Conferences (including 15 invited talks) and has two international patents accepted out of her work. In her research career to date she has formed and actively maintain multiple collaborations in an international and interdisciplinary context, including both academia and industry.


The ‘Fibres Technologies’ platform supports internal and external research activities which utilise the following equipment: