Dr. Dorothy Hardy has joined the advanced textiles research group to work on a project finding novel manufacturing methods for functional, electronic textiles, funded by the EPSRC. Dorothy specialises in multidisciplinary work combining engineering and art.
She has just completed a PhD that investigated methods of improving the aesthetics of crystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells in decorative glazing. Her work included combination of traditional, glass-painting techniques with use of fluorescent dyes in glass panels that incorporated solar cells. Public engagement work such as co-organisation of a workshop and exhibition about creative use of photovoltaic cells won Dorothy the 2013 student category of the Heriot-Watt Principal’s prize for public engagement. More details of this can be found by scrolling down the following link:
Dorothy is relishing the challenge of developing electronic yarns to withstand repeated wearing, washing and drying.