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Will Wise


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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.


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



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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 8 Article
  • 2 Patent
  • 1 Conference contribution

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Nuclear magnetic resonance
Castor Oil

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Fatty acids

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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/Report typesConference contributionResearch

Open Access

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: PatentResearch

Open Access
Organic compounds

Activities 2014 2018

  • 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)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

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

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