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Theo Hughes Riley

Theo Hughes-Riley

Associate Professor

Nottingham School of Art & Design


Dr Hughes-Riley is an Associate Professor in Electronic Textiles where he acts as a research lead for a number of projects within the Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG). Dr Hughes-Riley’s career has primarily concentrated on technology development with a strong multidisciplinary focus, exploiting his background in physics and experience with electrical engineering to address challenges in other fields. His current work focusses on the development of electronically active textile (E-textile) devices. Dr Hughes-Riley has a growing international reputation in the area of E-textiles as demonstrated by invitations to speak at various relevant international conferences, and has secured £2M of research funding as a co-investigator in this field. Dr Hughes-Riley has authored over 50 publications, including over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, primarily in the fields of E-textiles, and sensors.

Career overview

2019 – 2021: Senior Research Fellow in Electronic Textiles, Nottingham Trent University

2016 – 2019: Research Fellow in Energy Harvesting and Management in Textiles, Nottingham Trent University

2013 – 2016: Research Fellow, School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

2013: Research Assistant, University of Nottingham

Research areas

While Dr Hughes-Riley’s research is centred on electronic textile and sensing systems, he is a multidisciplinary researcher and his interests also cover areas such as medicine, environmental science and physics.

His recent research projects include:

  • Engineering of electronic yarns
  • Developing electronic sensing yarns
  • Electronic textile sensing systems
  • Energy harvesting in textiles
  • Energy storage in textiles
  • The use of electronic textiles for performance
  • The development of an automated manufacturing processes for electronic yarns
  • Thermal management for infra-red reflow soldering

More information about Dr Hughes-Riley's research can be found at

Press expertise

  • Electronic textiles
  • Sensors
  • Smart textiles
  • Wearable sensing
  • Energy harvesting
  • Medical physics
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Magnetic resonance