Leading academic and medical textile pioneer Dr Chris Agboh has joined expanding Leeds healthcare company Xiros as principal scientist, following almost nine years with leading defence technology and security group QinetiQ.
Dr Agboh graduated in Textile Chemistry at Leeds University, where he gained a P Dip with Distinction and a PhD, before moving into post-doctorate research and part-time lecturing.
As process engineer with Cheshire-based Advanced Medical Solutions, Dr Agboh was involved in the development and manufacture of gels, foams and various forms of alginate (seaweed) wound dressings, now widely used in the healthcare sector.
At QinetiQ, he specialised and patented the development of novel methods of incorporating nano-particulates into polymeric materials and worked on many other projects, including carbon Nanotubes (CNTs). A patent application was recently filed for his invention on growing CNTs on continuously moving substrate, such as carbon fibres, using chemical vapour deposition (CVD).
At Xiros, Dr Agboh is taking charge of the newly developed research and development laboratory that will initially concentrate on refining production of fibres for tissue repair, regeneration and replacement – a market with substantial potential.
The new laboratory will also be available for sub-contract and joint projects with other fibre producers.