Institute for Creative Leather Technologies

Organization profile

Organisation profile

New ICLT Facilities opening September 2019.

“This September the ICLT team are delighted to be moving to the University’s newly built facilities on Waterside Campus located in the heart of Northampton. With our tannery,  laboratories and teaching facilities, we are proud to be delivering world class leather education and research, supporting the global leather industry”

– R Garwood Director, ICLT.

What is the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT)?

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is a unique research and education centre. Our research responds to the scientific and technological needs of the automotive, fashion, footwear and allied leather industries.

Understanding new and traditional leather processing techniques expands the possibilities of how leather can be used. Our research programme has an impact on diverse sectors, including medical and technological applications. The partnerships that we have also take leather developments into engineering, media and fashion.





Working with ICLT

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External partners

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

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The Company has supported the leather provision with us for many years.

The Leather Conservation Centre

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The Centre engages in training and research into improved methods of leather conservation.

The National Leather Collection (NLC)

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The unique focus on leather makes it a valued resource for aesthetic, technological and design studies.

The University of Leicester

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There is a collaboration with ICLT to develop novel chemistries coming out of their research programme for application to the leather industry.


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Eutectics Chemical Compounds
Leather Chemical Compounds
Tanning Chemical Compounds
leather Agriculture & Biology
Metals Chemical Compounds
Gas foaming Chemical Compounds
Ionic Liquids Chemical Compounds
Collagen Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2016 2017

6m Consultation ADC

Garwood, R.



Project: EnterpriseConsultancy Corporate

Research Output 2009 2020

Tanning Chemistry: The Science of Leather (2nd Edition)

Wise, W. & Covington, A. D., 7 Nov 2020, 2 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry. 685 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

environmental impact
economic impact

Development of a novel method to reduce the impact of cutaneous chemical attack

Davis, S., Wise, W., Covington, A. D., Petter, J. (ed.) & Reip, P. (ed.), 1 Jul 2019, p. 1-12. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

sulfuric acid

Environmentally Sustainable Solvent-based Process Chemistry for Metals in Printed Circuit Boards

Ryder, K. S., Ballantyne, A., Palin, E. J. R., Smith, E. L. & Abbott, A., 9 Sep 2019, Electronic Waste Management 2nd edition. 2 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, p. 278-312 34 p. (Issues in Environmental Science and Technology; vol. 49).

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

Open Access
Printed circuit boards
Process control

Activities 2011 2018

  • 9 Invited talk
  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop

Forum on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear Sector

Richard Hazenberg (Participant), Rachel Garwood (Participant)
31 Jan 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopResearch


Chromium (VI) Detection: project update

Will Wise (Invited speaker), Anthony D Covington (Speaker), Thomas Garwood (Speaker)
21 Feb 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

Chromium (VI) Detection: project update

Will Wise (Speaker), Stefan Davis (Speaker), Thomas Garwood (Speaker), Anthony D Covington (Speaker)
13 Jun 2018

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


Contributing quantitative consumer analysis to a market research report on hide and leather exports in the United States

Richard Hazenberg (Principal Investigator), Marc Gummer (Principal Investigator)

Impact: Economic impacts, Environmental impacts, 08: Decent Work and Economic Growth (UN SDG), 09: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (UN SDG)

Student theses

Extraction, characterisation and application of gelatin from chrome-tanned leather waste

Author: Martínez de Luna, M. C., 2007

Supervisor: Antunes, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Sustainable management of tannery hair waste through composting

Author: Onyuka, A., 2010

Supervisor: Attenburrow, G. E. (Supervisor), Covington, A. D. (Supervisor), Bates, M. (Supervisor) & Antunes, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The impact of the leather manufacturing process on bacterial growth

Author: Lama, A., 2010

Supervisor: Antunes, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis