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Biography

Dr William Wise (BSc, MSc, PhD, MRSC) completed his PhD at the University of Leicester (UK) in 2011. Although his PhD was in organic chemistry he subsequently changed his research direction and specialised in the biopolymer field; using ionic liquids to modify starch based materials, some of which are in the process of being commercialised. After starting his post as a Senior Lecturer in Leather Science at The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (University of Northampton) in May 2014 he is now applying this same technology to the field of leather manufacture with some promising and intriguing preliminary results.

Research Interests

Dr Will Wise currently supervises four PhD students and is the academic supervisor on an active Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP):

  • PhD student – Thomas Garwood (full-time – one year in) – Looking into chromium (VI) detection and prevention in leather. This is a studentship sponsored by The Leathersellers Company and is currently a project with global interest.
  • PhD Student – Alberto Bevilacqua (part-time – one year in) – Addressing the removal of chromium from leather waste so that both the metal and the resultant organic material may be recycled/ upcycled.
  • PhD Student – Laura Cardaon (full-time – due to start in October 2017) – Looking into sustainability of the leather industry; how do you measure it? What impact does it have on a business?
  • PhD Student – Lauren Samet (full-time) – Addressing animal nutrition.

KTP Project – Bryn Webster – Working with an external company “Xeros” on utilising a bead technology as an alternative medium to water for leather manufacture.

In addition to these students, Dr Will Wise has an interest in a sustainable and scientific approach to leather manufacture; this includes: use of alternative solvents, upcycling/recycling leather and leather manufacturing by-products, waste minimisation and understanding the physical and chemical properties of leather at a fundamental level. Many of his projects have been commercially funded in so called ‘private client’ research.

Supervision

Alberto Bevilacqua; Institute for Creative Leather Technologies

Use of deep eutectic solvents (DES) to extract chromium metal from waste leather.

 

Oluwaseyi Omoloso; Business

Sustainability in the Leather Industry.

Teaching Interests

Dr Will Wise is the Course Leader on the MSc Leather Technology and is the Course Leader on all other level 7 courses including the PGCert and PGDip.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Leicester

Master

Bachelor

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Projects

Miswa Chemicals Ltd

Wise, W. & Patel-Champion , Z.

University of Northampton

31/05/1931/07/19

Project: Internal FundBig Ideas Fund

Acid Burn Treatment

Wise, W.

Innovate Northamptonshire

4/06/1829/09/18

Project: ResearchEuropean

Deamidation of Collagen during liming

Wise, W.

DEVRO Ltd

16/04/181/05/18

Project: EnterpriseConsultancy SMEs

Research Output

Corporate Sustainability Disclosure: A Leather Industry Perspective

Omoloso, O., Wise, W., Mortimer, K. & Jraisat, L., 27 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Emerging Science Journal. 4, 1, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

  • 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

  • Fatliquoring potentials of sulphonated Hura crepitans L seed oil

    Nkwor, A. N., Ukoha, P. O., Flowers, K. & Wise, W., 1 Jun 2019, In : Leather and Footwear Journal. 19, 2, p. 99-112 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Fatty Acid Profile and Production of Fatliquor from Canarium schweinfurthii Mesocarp Oil

    Nkwor, A. N., Ukoha, P. O., Nwaji, N. N., Flowers, K. & Wise, W., 11 Jul 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Science and Technology. 27, 4

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

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

    Wise, W. & Covington, A. D., 7 Nov 2019, 2 ed. Royal Society of Chemistry. 685 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Thermoplastic starch–polyethylene blends homogenised using deep eutectic solvents

    Abbott, A., Abolibda, T., Qu, W., Qu, W., Wise, W. & Wright, L., 23 Jan 2017, In : RSC Advances. 7, 12, p. 7268-7273 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

    Open Access
  • Investigation of novel deep eutectic systems for the reduction of water usage in leather manufacture

    Abbott, A. P., Antunes, A. P. M., Guthrie-Strachan, J., Mmapatsi, K. & Wise, W. R., 1 Nov 2015, XXXIII IULTCS Congress November, 24th – 27th, 2015 Novo Hamburgo/Brazil. International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists, p. 1-8 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportConference Contribution

    Open Access
    File
  • Polysaccharide-Based Materials

    Abbott, A. & Wise, W., 8 Oct 2015, IPC No. C08L 3/02 (2006.01), C08J 3/075 (2006.01), C08J 3/18 (2006.01), C09D 103/02 (2006.01), C09J 103/02 (2006.01), C08H 8/00 (2010.01), B27K 3/00 (2006.01), B27K 5/00 (2006.01), B27N 3/00 (2006.01), C08L 5/12 (2006.01), C08L 5/00 (2006.01), C08L 3/12 (2006.01), C08J 9/28 (2006.01), C08K 3/16 (2006.01), C08K 5/053 (2006.01) , Patent No. PCT/GB2015/050915, 26 Mar 2015, Priority date 31 Mar 2014, Priority No. 1405796.2

    Research output: Patent

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 6 Invited talk
    • 2 Oral presentation

    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

    Processing of Leather Using DES

    Alaysuy Omaymah (Speaker), Will Wise (Speaker), Andrew Abbott (Speaker)
    2017

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    The new ‘ion’ age – revolutionary new technology for leather manufacture?

    William Robert Wise (Invited speaker), Ana Paula Antunes (Speaker), Andrew P Abbott (Speaker), Keib Mmapatsi (Speaker)
    19 Jun 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    Investigation of Novel Deep Eutectic Systems for the Reduction of Water Usage in Leather Manufacture

    Will Wise (Speaker), Andrew Abbott (Speaker), Paula Antunes (Speaker), Anthony D Covington (Speaker), Jeffry Guthrie-Strachan (Speaker), Bokamoso Mmapatsi (Speaker)
    Nov 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    The new ‘ion age`– a revolutionary new technology for leather manufacture?

    Will Wise (Speaker), Andrew Abbott (Speaker), Paula Antunes (Speaker), Bokamoso Mmapatsi (Speaker)
    19 Jun 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    File

    Use of Viscoelastic Changes to Demonstrate the Relationship Between Drying Parameters

    Will Wise (Speaker), Anthony D Covington (Speaker), Karl Flowers (Speaker), Adriano Peruzzi (Speaker)
    Nov 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    Ion-age leather processing - a step change in technology

    Andrew Abbott (Keynote speaker), L. Burrows (Speaker), Will Wise (Speaker), Paula Antunes (Speaker), Jeffry Guthrie-Strachan (Speaker)
    26 Apr 2014

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsInvited talkResearch

    File