Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) Research and Enterprise


Flexible independent research.

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is a world-leading, unique research and education centre attracting students and researchers from around the globe.  Our research is at the forefront of developments in the scientific and technological requirements of the automotive, fashion, footwear and allied leather industries.

Understanding new and traditional leather processing techniques expands the possibilities of how leather can be used.  Our research has an impact on diverse sectors , including medical and technological applications.  Our partnerships also take developments into engineering, media and fashion.

Benefits for you

  • Work with established world-leading academics
  • Cost effective research
  • Access to grants
  • Access to a diverse range of facilities and expertise
  • Access to graduates


  • Pilote scale tannery
  • Analytical laboratory (chromatography, thermal analysis suite, elemental analysis)
  • Physical and chemical testing laboratory
  • Microscopy suite (light and SEM)

Modes of engagement

    • Rent/lease research space
    • Private client/contract research
    • Consultancy
    • Fund studentships (including PhD and MPhil)
    • Employ a postdoctoral research associate (PDRA)
    • External funding bodies e.g. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP)


Select a recent output below or view all research outputs on NECTAR.

ICLT Students

Lucy Skinner, PhD Student

Lucy Skinner Leather PhD Student

Lucy project is a collaborative PhD in partnership with The British Museum and funded the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project aims to use modern analytical techniques for animal species identification and determination of tanning and skin processing techniques, Lucy’s research will attempt to identify and compare Nubian and ancient Egyptian skin processing techniques. The significance of the work is through making new discoveries, which have implications in the academic study of craftwork, social context and trade networks between ancient communities in the Nile Valley

Alberto Bevilacqua, Part-time PhD Student

Alberto Bevilacqua, Lecturer in Leather Technology

Alberto is looking at using novel chemistries to process leather waste and use the purified by-products in other industries.

Past PhD students

Leticia Melos Dos Santos, PhD Student

Leticia’s research addresses the use of enzymes to modify the chemistry of plant extracts currently used in so-called vegetable tanning, to gain advantage in processing.

Keib Mmapatsi, MPhil Student

Keib’s research addresses the use of a novel solvent system that is environmentally benign as a new medium for tanning.

ICLT Studentships

Research (MPhil, PhD) studentships are occasionally available: usually they will be associated with a specific project, often industry sponsored.