Marina Corte Tedesco
Research Assistant
Field of Research: 
Microplastics, sustainability, textiles, eco-engineering
Contact details:
+61 2 9385 8701

Desk 4.95, Level 4 East
Biological Sciences South (E26)
UNSW, Kensington 2052


I work on understanding and reducing the environmental and social impacts of textiles used in products by manipulating the physical and chemical properties of fibres, yarns and fabrics. Through this work I collaborate closely with colleagues at a wide range of national and international institutions, enabling a strong interdisciplinary approach.  I am particularly interested in the scientific basis for reengineering clothing to mitigate pollution and I advise industry and governments on this.

Employment & Education

Present – 2019                 

Lead Textile Engineer

University of New South Wales, Australia


Textile Engineer: Product Development Manager  

Vectra Work - Workwear and Protective Garments, Brazil


Masters in Project Management

University of São Paulo, Brazil

2012 – 2010                       

Textile Engineer: Product Development Analyst 

Rosset Group, Brazil

2009 – 2008                       

Textile Engineer: Quality Analyst 

AundE Brasil, Brazil

2008 – 2004                       

B. Eng. Textile Engineering

FEI University Centre, Brazil


During my Bachelor of Textile Engineering (University Centre of FEI, Brazil) I learnt how to design and manufacture fibres, yarns and fabrics for clothing, buildings and vehicles.

This led to my work at AundE improving the aesthetics, durability and colour-fastness of fabrics in Peugeot, Citroen and Volkswagen vehicles.  Because of my skills improving the physical characteristics of fabrics I was invited by Rosset to develop new materials to be used in Lingerie (Valisere, Hope), sportswear (Track&Field) and swimwear (C&A, Cia Maritma).  Here I altered the fibres, yarns and methods of manufacturing fabrics used in clothing to improve their pattern, luster, compression, weight and permeability to air and water to manage heat and moisture.  

Skills developing new textiles led to an invitation from Vectra to redesign protective clothing to reduce social and environmental impacts.  Here I worked with academics (Prof. Alfieri, University Centre of FEI) and electrical, petrochemical and construction companies (e.g. Gerdau, Petrobras, Enel) to make the clothing more safe, comfortable and durable with less waste.  This was helped by a Masters in Project Management from the University of Sao Paulo. 

Because of my international reputation managing projects reengineering textiles to solve technical, social and environmental problems I was recruited to the University of New South Wales as part grants from the Australian Research Council.  Here I collaborate with scientists and engineers in academia (University of Sydney), industry (Parley for the Oceans, Icebreaker) and government (NSW EPA, Melbourne Water, South Australia Water Corporation) to determine how to reengineer the fibres, yarns and fabrics used in building and clothing to reduce pollution.