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

Yu Yao, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Lu Sun, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

A study on wicking in natural staple yarns

Dr Christopher 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

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Liz de Rome

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

journal
2016

Effects of fibre parameters on the ultraviolet protection of fibre assemblies

Yu Yao, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Lu Sun, Prof Xungai Wang

(2016), Vol. 107, pp. 614-624, Journal of the textile institute, London, Eng., C1

journal

Colour effect on fibre diameter measurement with OFDA 2000

Dr Qing Li, Dr Peter Rex Brady, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

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

Mr Jin Jin, Dr Jin Zhang, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Jingliang Li, Dr Rangam Rajkhowa, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal
2015

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

Dr Jinfeng Wang, Dr Haijin Zhu, Dr Christopher Hurren, Jian Zhao, Dr Esfandiar Pakdel, Dr Zhenyu Li, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

Extended studies on fibre diameter measurement with OFDA instrument

Dr Qing Li, Dr Christopher Hurren, Xugui Zhang, Prof Xungai Wang

(2015), pp. 347-355, Wool 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, China, Zurich, Switzerland, E1

conference

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

Mr James Blight, Mr Patrick Phillips, Mr Kyle Hickling, Dr Christopher Hurren

(2015), pp. 1-5, Proceedings of the 2015 Australasian Road Safety Conference, Mawson, A.C.T., E1

conference

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

Yu Yao, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Lu Sun, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

Motorcycle protective clothing: physiological and perceptual barriers to their summer use

Dr Liz de Rome, Dr Christopher Hurren

(2015), pp. 1-4, ARSC 2015 : Proceedings of the Australasian Road Safety Conference, Canberra, A.C.T., E1-1

conference
2014

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

Mr Tariq Mehmood, A/Prof Akif Kaynak, Dr Jane Dai, Prof Abbas Kouzani, Dr Kevin Magniez, Mr David Rubin De Celis Leal, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Johan du Plessis

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

journal

Adapting ultrasonic assisted wool scouring for industrial application

Dr Qing Li, Cailing Ding, Dr Hengxing Yu, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal
2013

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

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Earle Savage, Simon Slader, Prof Richard Page

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

journal

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

Earle Savage, Dr Christopher Hurren, Simon Slader, Lukman A. K. Khan, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Prof Richard Page

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

journal
2012

The impact of textile wet colouration on the environment in 2011

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Qing Li, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

Thermal and mechanical properties of ultrasonically treated wool

Dr Qing Li, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Hengxing Yu, C.L. Ding, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal
2011

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

Dr Qing Li, Dr Christopher Hurren, C.L. Ding, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Tong Lin, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

Frequency dependence of ultrasonic wool scouring

Dr Qing Li, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Tong Lin, H.X. Yu, C.L. Ding, Prof Xungai 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

Dr Qing Li, Dr Peter Rex Brady, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai 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

Dr Bin Tang, Jinlong Tao, Shuping Xu, Dr Jinfeng Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren, Weiqing XU, Dr Lu Sun, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal
2010

Cuticle modifications and dyeing property of ultrasonically scoured wool

Dr Qing Li, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai 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

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

Dr Abdullah Al Kafi, Dr Christopher Hurren, Mickey G. Huson, Prof Bronwyn Fox

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

journal

Improvement in mechanical properties of aluminum polypropylene composite fiber

Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Abderrahim Maazouz, Khalid Lamawar, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal
2008

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

Dr Qing Li, Dr Peter Rex Brady, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

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

Dr Christopher Hurren, R.T. Liu, Dr Xin Liu, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

Dyeing and colouring tests for fabrics

Dr Christopher Hurren

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

chapter

Physical and mechanical testing of textiles

Prof Xungai Wang, Dr Xin Liu, Dr Christopher Hurren

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

chapter

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

Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Peter Cookson, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

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

Dr Abdullah Al Kafi, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Bronwyn Fox

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

conference
2007

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

Saurabh Garg, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Akif 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

Dr Xin Liu, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Lijing Wang, Prof Xungai 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

Dr Xin Liu, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal
2002

Characterization of conductive polyprrole coated wool yarns

A/Prof Akif Kaynak, Dr Lijing Wang, Dr Christopher Hurren, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

Correlating the fineness and residual gum content of degummed hemp fibres

Mr Rafael Beltran, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Akif Kaynak, Prof Xungai Wang

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

journal

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

Mr Rafael Beltran, Dr Christopher Hurren, A/Prof Akif Kaynak, Prof Xungai Wang

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

conference

Grants

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 Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Mickey Huson, Prof Gregory Rutledge, Dr Jeff Church, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Mandy De Souza, Salwan Al-Assafi

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

  • 2017: $493,457
  • 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: $29,924
  • 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: $48,825

Trial Phase Testing for Motorcycle Protective Clothing Program

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

  • 2017: $60,000

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 Rangam Rajkhowa, Dr Alessandra Sutti, Dr Minoo Naebe, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Murray Height, Prof Mark Kirkland, Dr Ashley Denmead, Dr Rodney Dilley, Prof Marcus Atlas, Mr Grant Mackintosh, Dr Keith Millington, Dr Mickey Huson, Prof Gregory Rutledge, Dr Jeff Church, A/Prof Friedrich Vollrath, Prof David Kaplan, Prof Uwe Pieles, Dr Rudolf Hufenus, A/Prof Jeffrey Wiggins, Prof Russell Varley, Dr Mandy De Souza, Salwan Al-Assafi

  • 2017: $300,000
  • 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: $97,682
  • 2016: $80,627

Planet Innovation DMTC MCM 10.41

Dr Christopher Hurren

  • 2017: $77,960

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

Dr Zhiqiang Chen, Dr Christopher Hurren, Dr Jane Dai

  • 2017: $39,832

Circular Denim

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

  • 2017: $112,361

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
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