Dr Mohammad Shahid
- Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow (History of Art)
My research interests include:
- Industrial dyeing and colour chemistry
- Functional Textiles
- Historical textile dyeing and textile conservation science
My current research as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow seeks to increase physical and creative access to Europe’s most profitable globalized textile of the 19th c. Industrial Revolution - Turkey red (TR) printed cotton. TR was famed for colourful bold patterns on a characteristic bright red background. Many 19th c. TR printed cottons survive within the pages of pattern books as well-preserved, vibrant and creative storyboards of forgotten global trade and cultural connections. Museums and archives want to exhibit these collections and increase access, but need to preserve the colours, especially the characteristic red. The 19th c. TR makers’ claim of excellent light-fastness for the red dye is unproven, raising uncertainty about suitable light levels and exposure times for historical TR textile collections. LightFasTR unites the materials and processes of making 19th c. TR with modern dye chemistry and heritage textile conservation science to provide essential guidance for museums and archives. This project will take an innovative approach to heritage TR preservation by combining historical research of different 19th c. materials and methods with state-of–the art chemical studies of the colorants in historical and reconstructed textiles.
LightFasTR has three objectives to provide museums and archives with light exposure guidelines for TR:
- identify materials and methods for British 19th c. TR from historical evidence to investigate TR light-fastness properties of historical and recreated TR, especially for the red dyes
- evaluate the photochemical properties of historical TR colorants using state-of-the-art chemical analysis on historical samples and reconstructed models to measure and predict colour changes under museum lighting
- determine the limits of acceptable light exposure time and intensity for TR collections from experimental results to make recommendations for practical and sustainable lighting levels in museums and archives.
2017-2019: Individual Fellowship (IF) - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (Horizon 2020)
Project: Understanding the light-fastness of heritage Turkey red textiles through modern dye chemistry and historical dyeing technology to inform sustainable display and access
Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow, UK.
2015 – 2017: China Postdoctoral Fellowship
Project: Application of biotechnology and plant extracts in silk finishing
National Engineering Laboratory for Modern Silk, Soochow University, Suzhou, China.
2012 –2013: Senior Research Fellowship, BSR Research Fellowship in Sciences for Meritorious Students (RFSMS), Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi – 110025, India.
2010 –2012: Junior Research Fellowship, BSR Research Fellowship in Sciences for Meritorious Students (RFSMS), Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi – 110025, India.
2008 –2010: UGC Fellowship for Central University Ph. D. Students, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi – 110025, India.
2015 -2016: Foreign Expert, Soochow University, China
Masters (Textile Engineering): English for textile profession
Bachelors (Textile Engineering): Textile dyeing and finishing,
2014 –2015: Guest Teacher (Organic Chemistry), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
B.Sc. I Semester: Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry
B.Sc. II Semester: Stereochemistry of organic compounds
B.Sc. V Semester: Biochemistry, Heterocyclic chemistry
B.Sc. VI Semester: Fats, oils and detergents, Synthetic dyes and polymers
2010: Awarded Joint CSIR-UGC NET (National Eligibility Test for Lectureship Certificate) by Human Resource Development Group, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India.
Best Paper Award: Colourful and functional silk fabric via caffeic acid assisted in situ generation of silver nanoparticles, The 9th China International Silk Conference, Sept. 8-10, 2016, Liuzhou, China.
Special Editor: Research Journal of Textile and Apparel (RJTA)
Special Issue on Eco-friendly dyeing and active finishing of textiles: May 2012
- Dyes and Pigments
- Journal of Cleaner Production
- Coloration Technology
- Textile Research Journal
- Fibers and Polymers
- Journal of Luminescence
- Chiang Mai Journal of Science
- Scientific Research and Essays
- Journal of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
- European Journal of Chemistry