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Colour Science Centre for Industrial Collaboration (CIC)

The Centre of Industrial Collaboration was established within the Department of Colour Science in 2005 as a way of providing an interface with industry. It provides a one-stop-shop for companies wanting to connect with the University, and whilst it offers specific expertise in the field of colour science it can quickly access the necessary links with appropriate academic staff in other subject areas, to address broader projects.

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Areas of expertise

Pigment and dye chemistry
Synthesis of high quality, speciality dyes and pigments, high exhaustion, non-hydrolysing.

Surface chemistry
Optimisation of properties of pigment, pigment/binder interactions and ink/substrate interactions, improved image quality.

Polymer materials
Development of specific polymeric coatings, these can be used in printing inks or coatings

Inks/coating formulation
Development and formulation of conventional and function inks for all deposition systems.

Colour management
Providing advice on software design capacity to answer colour management requirements in various applications.

Conductive inks
Formulation for any deposition system, carbon based and flexible, and washable in textile applications.

Pigment, skin tone colour matching, formulation, and emulsion stability expertise.

Unique features in IR, thermo chromic and photo chromic reactions

Lithium ion batteries
Screen print capable and re-chargeable

Effluent reduction
Dye bath effluent reduction and elimination

Low temperature wool dying
Reduction in energy

Novel hair dyes
Reduced temperature dyeing, non-toxic

Ink formualtion, substrate interaction, evaluation of jet ability

Packaging materials
Characterisation, water up-take, compression strength, modelling

Dyes for cancer treatment
Photodynamic therapy

Improved natural dyes
For textile and hair

Stain and insect resistant treatments
For textiles


CiC hosts delegates from the British Coatings Federation

During a recent visit to the University the British Coatings Federation (BCF) heard about the benefits of the MSc Colorants, Polymers and Fine Chemicals degree course and the latest developments in relevant areas of research from the Colour Science Research Group, headed by Professor Long Lin.

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Contact us

For any enquiries about our services please contact;

Trevor Lambourne
Commercial Manager
T: +44 (0)113 343 2792

Digital Print CIC
Clothworkers Building North
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

The Centre has prestigious connections with numerous external organisations including: 

Abbott Laboratory - Akzo Nobel - Asahi Photochemical Products – BP Castrol - Branchér - Clairol – Coats - Dyers Company - Courtaulds - DuPont - European Colour (Pigments) Ltd - G4S – ICI - Innovative Technology Ltd - James Robinson/Vivimed - Lazertran - Lucite - Newell Rubbermaid - Nippon Kayaku – OCCA - P&G - Pitney Bowes – Samsung - Sumitomo - Star Brand - Sun Chemicals - SDC - Sinochem - Thermographic Measurements Company Ltd - UCB/Cytec - Varn - Wools of New Zealand - Xennia - X-Rite.

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