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Alongside her role as an Assistant Professor in Forensic Science at Northumbria University Dr Kelly Sheridan is Research Director at The Microfibre Consortium (TMC), a non-profit organisation leading the textile industry in reducing microfibre release to protect the environment. Kelly is a forensic scientist by trade and has specialised in the field textile fibres for over 17 years. Her research on the prevalence of fibres (aka microfibres) and the factors affecting their loss from textiles and their subsequent movement in the environment came long before ‘microfibres’ became topical. More recently, Kelly has taken her forensic skills and knowledge and is using them to address the challenges of microfibre pollution and their environmental impact.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCert

8 Jul 201531 Dec 2099

Award Date: 8 Jul 2015

Chemistry, PhD, Elucidation of catalytic reaction mechanisms via the design, synthesis and spectroscopic characterisation of potential intermediates in a given catalytic cycle, University of Liverpool


Science, MSc, Forensic Science, University of Strathclyde


Chemistry, BSc (Hons), Northumbria University


External positions

The Microfibre Consortium

Nov 2021 → …


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