Hugh Gong

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Hugh Gong graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Dong Hua University (Shanghai, China) in 1984 and obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester in 1989. He then spent three years managing the Coats Viyella - Marks and Spencer Fabric Centre before taking up a lectureship in the Department of Textiles, UMIST in 1992. His main research interests are in fibrous structures such as yarns, nonwovens, nanofibres and textile composites, and in the performance measurement, modelling and recycling of flexible materials. He served as the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School and Chair of the Postgraduate Degrees Panel in the Faculty of EPS.


Externally, he has held visiting professorships in Shinshu University (Japan), Suzhou University (China), Zhongyuan University of Technology (China), and Jiangnan University (China). He has acted as external examiner of research degrees in many universities both in the UK and internationally. He is a regular reviewer for many international journals and research grant reviewer for research councils in the UK and overseas. H is Editorial Member of the International Journal of Materials Engineering and Editor of Cogent Engineering. He has provided technical consultancy for many international organisations such as the Gatsby Trust, Proctor and Gamble, Marks and Spencer, and Unilever. He has supervised more than 40 PhD students. He also served on the BSI Committee TCI/024.


Research interests

  • 3D nonwovens
  • Nonwoven textile composites
  • Recycling of carbon fibres 
  • Electro-spinning and nanofibre textile structures
  • Fibre flow modelling
  • Fabric softness and clothing comfort
  • Fabric characterisation (KES, FAST, etc.)
  • Fabric performance modelling
  • Yarn manufacture and yarn mechanics
  • Study of fabric aesthetic properties using fMRI.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester (UOM)

Oct 1985May 1989

Award Date: 26 May 1989

Bachelor of Science, Dong Hua University

Sept 1980Jul 1984

Award Date: 2 Jul 1984

External positions

Academic Advisor, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom

2006 → …

Invited Professor, Shinshu University


Visiting Professor, Soochow University

Visiting Professor, Zhongyuan University of Technology

Areas of expertise

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Textiles; Fibres; Yarns; Nonwovens; Fabrics; Clothing
  • Materials; Composites
  • Carbon fibre recycling

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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