Dr Christopher Hurren

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Research Fellow (Fibre Science And Technology)

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Engineering, Royal Melb Inst. of Technology, 1993
Bachelor of TESOL, Deakin University, 2003
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2011

Contact

Career highlights

2011 - present: Research Fellow, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University
2001 - 2010: Technical Services Manager, Institute for Technology Research and Innovation, Deakin University
1998 - 2001: Scouring, Dyeing and Finishing Technician, International Fibre Centre
1996 - 1998: Textile Engineer, Australian Dyeing Company
1993 - 1996: Production Supervisor (Dyehouse), Woolshed Yarns

Research interests

Dr Hurren's research has been focused on the areas of hemp fibres, biomaterials, functional fabrics, organic powder manufacture, ultrasonic wool cleaning, titania sol-gel coatings and polymer extrusion. His expertise is in scale up of research by taking it from the laboratory into industrial manufacture. He was Design Engineer-Interior for the design of a T-model Ford for the 21st Century competition of which Deakin University was a joint winner.
Dr Hurren spent eight years in industry as a textile colourist and fabric finisher and has a strong understanding of the textile manufacturing chain. He has significant knowledge and experience in the testing of textiles and has contributed to two book chapters on this topic.

Affiliations

Textile Institute

Fibre Society

Society of Automotive Engineers

Awards

Winner of the Bennett Family Award for Textile Excellence                    2001
Winner of the Kempe International Award for best technology project    2001
Vice Chancellors award for outstanding contribution for outstanding      2003
contribution to another area of the strategic plan (Formula SAE)
Contributor in a successful Strategic Teaching and Learning Grant       2004
Contributor in the successful submission for the “Ford Model-T of         2008
the 21st Century” design challenge
Vice Chancellors award for the most outstanding contribution  to           2009
to delivering effective partnerships and the Vice Chancellors award
for outstanding contribution through innovation (Ford T2 project)
Winner of the Smart Geelong Network Research Awards in the             2010
category of “Save the Planet”
 

Publications

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2017

Research on the influence of yarn parameters on the ultraviolet protection of yarns

Y Yu, C Hurren, K Millington, L Sun, X Wang

(2017), Vol. 108, pp. 178-188, Journal of The Textile Institute, Abingdon, Eng., C1

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Understanding the influence of fibre, yarn and fabric parameters on UV protection of wool-knitted fabrics

Y Yu, C Hurren, K Millington, L Sun, X Wang

(2017), Vol. 108, pp. 1609-1617, Journal of the textile institute, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

A study on wicking in natural staple yarns

Q Li, J Wang, C Hurren

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 400-409, Journal of natural fibers, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Validation of the abrasion resistance test protocols and performance criteria of EN13595: the probability of soft tissue injury to motorcycle riders by abrasion resistance of their clothing

L Meredith, C Hurren, E Clarke, M Fitzharris, M Baldock, L de Rome, J Olivier, J Brown

(2017), Vol. 61, pp. 1-7, Journal of safety research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2016

The effect of fibrous structural difference on thermal insulation properties of biological composites: silkworm cocoons

X Jin, J Zhang, C Hurren, J Li, R Rajkhowa, X Wang

(2016), Vol. 86, pp. 1935-1946, Textile research journal, London, Eng., C1

journal

Colour effect on fibre diameter measurement with OFDA 2000

Q Li, P Brady, C Hurren, X Wang

(2016), Vol. 41, pp. 102-106, Indian journal of fibre and textile research, New Delhi, India, C1

journal

Abrasion resistance performance of clothing worn by Australian motorcyclists

L Meredith, E Clarke, C Hurren, M Fitzharris, M Baldock, J Olivier, J Brown, E de Rome

(2016), pp. 505-506, IRCOBI 2016 : Proceedings of the International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury Conference, Malaga, Spain, E1-1

conference
2015

UV protection performance of textiles affected by fiber cross-sectional shape

Y Yu, C Hurren, K Millington, L Sun, X Wang

(2015), Vol. 85, pp. 1946-1960, Textile research journal, London, Eng, C1

journal

Degradation of organic dyes by P25-reduced graphene oxide: influence of inorganic salts and surfactants

J Wang, H Zhu, C Hurren, J Zhao, E Pakdel, Z Li, X Wang

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1437-1443, Journal of environmental chemical engineering, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Effects of fibre parameters on the ultraviolet protection of fibre assemblies

Y Yu, C Hurren, K Millington, L Sun, X Wang

(2015), Vol. 107, pp. 614-624, Journal of the textile institute, London, Eng., C1

journal

Extended studies on fibre diameter measurement with OFDA instrument

Q Li, C Hurren, X Zhang, X Wang

(2015), Vol. 671, pp. 347-355, Key EngWool and Textiles Sustainable Development : Selected, Peer Reviewed Papers from the 13th International Wool Research Conference (IWRC-13) and AATCC Sustainability Symposium (AATCC-SS), June 10-14, 2015, Hangzhou, Chinaineering Materials, Hangzhou, China, E1

conference

Motorcycle clothing fabric burst failure during high speed impact with an abrasive surface

J Blight, P Phillips, K Hickling, C Hurren

(2015), pp. 1-5, Proceedings of the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, E1

conference
2014

Study of oxygen plasma pre-treatment of polyester fabric for improved polypyrrole adhesion

T Mehmood, A Kaynak, X Dai, A Kouzani, K Magniez, D Rubin de Celis, C Hurren, P du

(2014), Vol. 143, pp. 668-675, Materials chemistry and physics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Adapting ultrasonic assisted wool scouring for industrial application

Q Li, C Ding, H Yu, C Hurren, X Wang

(2014), Vol. 84, pp. 1183-1190, Textile Research Journal, London, United Kingdom, C1

journal
2013

Bending and abrasion fatigue of common suture materials used in arthroscopic and open orthopedic surgery

E Savage, C Hurren, S Slader, L Khan, A Sutti, R Page

(2013), Vol. 31, pp. 132-138, Journal of orthopaedic research, Hoboken, N. J., C1

journal

Understanding in-vivo abrasion fatigue or common suture materials used in arthroscopic and open shoulder surgery

C Hurren, A Sutti, E Savage, S Slader, R Page

(2013), Vol. 86, pp. 34-39, Advances in science and technology, Stafa-Zuerich, Switzerland, C1

journal
2012

The impact of textile wet colouration on the environment in 2011

C Hurren, Q Li, X Wang

(2012), Vol. 441, pp. 540-543, Advanced materials research, Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland, C1

journal

Thermal and mechanical properties of ultrasonically treated wool

Q Li, C Hurren, H Yu, C Ding, X Wang

(2012), Vol. 82, pp. 195-202, Textile research journal, London, U.K., C1

journal
2011

Frequency dependence of ultrasonic wool scouring

Q Li, C Hurren, L Wang, T Lin, H Yu, C Ding, X Wang

(2011), Vol. 102, pp. 505-513, Journal of The Textile Institute, Manchester, England, C1

journal

Rapid fibre diameter measurement in aqueous solutions with OFDA 2000

Q Li, P Brady, C Hurren, X Wang

(2011), Vol. 102, pp. 500-504, Journal of the textile institute, Manchester, England, C1

journal

Using hydroxy carboxylate to synthesize gold nanoparticles in heating and photochemical reactions and their application in textile colouration

B Tang, J Tao, S Xu, J Wang, C Hurren, W Xu, L Sun, X Wang

(2011), Vol. 172, pp. 601-607, Chemical engineering journal, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Ultrasonic scouring of wool and its effects on fibre breakage during carding

Q Li, C Hurren, C Ding, L Wang, T Lin, X Wang

(2011), Vol. 102, pp. 1059-1064, Textile institute journal, Abingdon, U. K., C1

journal
2010

Cuticle modifications and dyeing property of ultrasonically scoured wool

Q Li, C Hurren, X Wang

(2010), pp. 77-80, IWRC 2010 : Proceedings of the 12th International Wool Research Conference Vol. 1 : Low-carbon Era, Ecological Wool, Creative Tech, Better Life, Shanghai, China, E1

conference
2009

Improvement in mechanical properties of aluminum polypropylene composite fiber

M Naebe, C Hurren, A Maazouz, K Lamawar, X Wang

(2009), Vol. 10, pp. 662-666, Fibers and polymers, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1-1

journal

Analysis of the effects of atmospheric helium plasma treatment on the surface structure of jute fibres and resulting composite properties

A Kafi, C Hurren, M Huson, B Fox

(2009), Vol. 23, pp. 2109-2120, Journal of adhesion science and technology, Utrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2008

Dyeing and colouring tests for fabrics

C Hurren

(2008), pp. 255-274, Fabric testing, Boca Raton, Fla., B1

chapter

Physical and mechanical testing of textiles

X Wang, X Liu, C Hurren

(2008), pp. 90-124, Fabric testing, London, England, B1

chapter

The effects of ultrasonic agitation in laundering on the properties of wool fabrics

C Hurren, P Cookson, X Wang

(2008), Vol. 15, pp. 1069-1074, Ultrasonics sonochemistry, Amsterdam, Netherlands, C1

journal

Photo-catalysis of red wine stains using titanium dioxide sol-gel coatings on wool fabrics

C Hurren, R Liu, X Liu, X Wang

(2008), Vol. 60, pp. 111-116, Advances in science & technology, Stafa-Zurich, Switzerland, C1

journal

The dimensional and mechanical properties of wool/polyester fabrics made from vortex and ring-spun yarns

Q Li, P Brady, C Hurren, X Wang

(2008), Vol. 99, pp. 561-568, Journal of the Textile Institute, Manchester, England, C1

journal

Influence of helium atmospheric plasma treatment on surface and fracture-mechanical behaviour of quickstep cured bio-composites

A Kafi, C Hurren, B Fox

(2008), AEWC 2008 : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Advanced Engineered Wood and Hybrid Composites 2008, Bar Harbor, Maine, E1-1

conference
2007

Improvement of adhesion of conductive polypyrrole coating on wool and polyester fabrics using atmospheric plasma treatment

S Garg, C Hurren, A Kaynak

(2007), Vol. 157, pp. 41-47, Synthetic metals, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1

journal
2004

Effects of bleaching and dyeing on the quality of alpaca tops and yarns

X Liu, C Hurren, L Wang, X Wang

(2004), Vol. 5, pp. 128-133, Fibers and polymers, Seoul, Korea, C1

journal
2003

Comparative analysis of two selective bleaching methods on alpaca fibers

X Liu, C Hurren, X Wang

(2003), Vol. 4, pp. 124-128, Fibers and polymers, Seoul, Korea, C1

journal
2002

Correlating the fineness and residual gum content of degummed hemp fibres

R Beltran, C Hurren, A Kaynak, X Wang

(2002), Vol. 3, pp. 129-133, Fibers and polymers, Seoul, Korea, C1

journal

Characterization of conductive polyprrole coated wool yarns

A Kaynak, L Wang, C Hurren, X Wang

(2002), Vol. 3, pp. 24-30, Fibers and polymers, Seoul, Korea, C1

journal

A new method of evaluating the fineness and residual gum content of hemp fibres

R Beltran, C Hurren, A Kaynak, X Wang

(2002), pp. 1-12, Proceedings of 2009 International Conference on Ecological Fabric in the 21st Century, Beijing, China, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

A study into the methods of cleaning wool

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren

AWI Grant - Research - Australian Wool Innovation Limited

  • 2009: $5,500
  • 2008: $12,000
  • 2007: $14,000
  • 2006: $28,000

Australian Ultrafine Wool Dehairing and Processing

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren

ARC Linkage - Projects Rnd 2

  • 2015: $50,891
  • 2014: $99,992
  • 2013: $97,059
  • 2012: $46,731

New developments and opportunities for cotton yarns and fabrics

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Lu Sun

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2014: $13,660
  • 2013: $58,975

Improving grease recovery in wool scouring

Dr Jinfeng Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

  • 2015: $100,264
  • 2014: $130,000

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, A/Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Prof Gregory Rutledge, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Dr Ian Blanchonette, Dr Tony Pierlot, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Mandy De Souza

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2017: $829,008
  • 2016: $990,154
  • 2015: $1,434,570

Smart Cotton/Carbon Fabrics for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding

Dr Jin Zhang, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

CRDC Grant - Research - Cotton Research and Development Corporation

  • 2017: $89,835
  • 2016: $149,292
  • 2015: $29,814

Other Public Sector Funding

Performance fibres and textiles

Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Tong Lin, Dr Peter Cookson, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

  • 2008: $8,000
  • 2007: $72,000

ADA Researcher in Business Hemp project

Dr Christopher Hurren, Mr Jing Wang

  • 2013: $15,000
  • 2012: $35,000

Fibre alternative to nitrocellulose in lateral flow assays

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Qing Li

  • 2014: $38,768

Development of Assessment and Rating Protocols for the Motorcycle Protective Clothing Program

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Liz de Rome, Prof Tom Gibson

  • 2016: $21,971

Trial Phase Testing for Motorcycle Protective Clothing Program

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Liz de Rome, Dr Xin Liu, Prof Tom Gibson

  • 2017: $175,000

Industry and Other Funding

Materials for protective gloves

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2012: $112,000
  • 2011: $140,000
  • 2010: $40,000

RIB Placement Contract - Zhik Pty Ltd

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2012: $25,775
  • 2011: $48,000

Australian Ultrafine Wool Dehairing and Processing

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2014: $35,000
  • 2013: $100,000

Hemp fibre separation

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2012: $283,880
  • 2011: $80,000

ADA Researcher in Business Hemp project

Dr Christopher Hurren, Mr Jing Wang

  • 2012: $83,374

Extreme sports safety program - Draggin Jeans

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2014: $41,220
  • 2013: $57,708

Hemp Fibre separation - proof of concept

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2014: $34,000
  • 2013: $19,987

Fibre alternative to nitrocellulose in lateral flow assays

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2013: $10,000

Fibre alternative to nitrocellulose in lateral flow assays

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Qing Li

  • 2013: $9,692

Godfrey Hirst Australia Project Proposal: Plasma Treatment Trials

Dr Aiden Beer, Dr Christopher Hurren, Mr Zhiqiang Chen

  • 2014: $12,465

Fibre alternative to nitrocellulose in lateral flow assays

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2015: $116,016
  • 2014: $62,740

A World Class Future Fibre Industry Transformation Research Hub

Prof Xungai Wang, Prof Bronwyn Fox, Prof Tong Lin, A/Prof Joselito Razal, A/Prof Jingliang Li, A/Prof Luke Henderson, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Prof Gregory Rutledge, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Dr Ian Blanchonette, Dr Tony Pierlot, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Linda Hillbrick, Dr Salwan Al-Assafi, Dr Mandy De Souza

  • 2017: $450,000
  • 2016: $450,000

DorsaVi sensor attachment (project Newton Planet Innovation)

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2015: $7,500

Planet Innovation Thread project

Dr Christopher Hurren, Mr Patrick Phillips

  • 2016: $5,950

Shift gear clothing development project

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2016: $13,080

Fibre Deconstruction Polymer Addition Material Reassembly and Applications

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Joselito Razal

  • 2017: $248,979
  • 2016: $80,627

Planet Innovation DMTC MCM 10.41

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2017: $189,514

Development of Plasma Treatment Process for Zhik High Performance Garments - Phase II

Dr Zhiqiang Chen, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Jane Dai

  • 2017: $89,622

Circular Denim

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Rebecca Van Amber, Dr Nolene Byrne, Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2017: $222,850

RECYCLED PLASTIC COMPOSITE OVERLAY TO REDUCE SERIOUS INJURY CRASHES INTO WIRE ROPE BARRIERS BY MOTORCYCLISTS

Dr Jin Zhang, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Liz de Rome

  • 2017: $100,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2017

Genevieve Alice Crowle

Thesis entitled: Effects of Cotton Structure and Surface Interactions on Dye Uptake

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Associate Supervisor
2017

Noman Haleem

Thesis entitled: Dynamics of Spinning Triangle Geometry and Its Effects on Yarn Quality

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

Marinus Henricus Jacobus van der Sluijs

Thesis entitled: Improving the Quality of Australian Cotton during Processing

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2016

Yao Yu

Thesis entitled: UV interactions with fibres and fibrous structures

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials

2013

Bingshan Li

Thesis entitled: Production and Characterisation of Powdered Fibrous Materials

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials