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Research Profile

  • I have been employed with the ICLT at the University of Northampton since 2017 where I have been active in teaching and research related to leather technology and associated biomaterials.

    Prior to my time at Northampton, I was engaged in Post-Doctoral research over 9 years at Imperial College London and the University of Leicester with a focus on the development of sustainable materials and coating processes using ‘deep eutectic solvents’, a new class of liquid with unusual solvation properties.

    Prior to this, I undertook a PhD from the University of Manchester (awarded 2009) and received a 1st in his Chemistry MChem (Hons) from the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST).

  • Programme leader:

    ·         PGCert Leather Finishing – Automotive (Education with others course, EWO, delivered in conjunction with our partners Stahl in Leon, Mexico)

    ·         BSc Top-up in Leather Technology

    Personal tutor

    ·         BSc Leather Technology year 3

    Module leader and tutor for

    ·         LEA1013 Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation – Raw to Tanned

    ·         LEA1014 Leather Technology and Materials Evaluation – Tanned to Crust

    ·         LEA2010 Cleaner Leather Manufacture

    ·         LEA4001 Project

    ·         LEAM021 Market Demands and Performance of Automotive Leather

    ·         LEAM022 Finish Formulation – Automotive Leather

    ·         LEAM023 Finish Application – Automotive Leather

    Formerly Module Leader and Tutor for LEA1009 Leather Science

  • Since completing my PhD in 2008, I have been actively involved in research as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate and in my current position within the ICLT. I enjoy research focussed on the intersection between fundamental scientific study and their application within real world industrial processing. As such, in addition to my research publication history I have been a named inventor on three patent applications, including one resulting in the founding of a company, Solveteq, developing new, low energy processing techniques for the recycling of lead acid batteries.

    We are currently engaged in a 2-year knowledge transfer partnership with Scottish leather group (SLG) for the development of novel sustainable processes within leather manufacture. In addition, I was awarded funding through the Dame Julia Higgin’s collaborative research fund while at the Imperial College London.

    I am interested in accepting PhDs, if you are please get in touch!

  • For publications, projects, datasets, research interests and activities, view Andrew Ballantyne’s research profile on Pure, the University of Northampton’s Research Explorer.

  • For an up to date publication history, please see my pure research profile.