Emiel DenHartog

Emiel DenHartog

Director or Graduate Programs TECS
Associate Director Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC)
Associate Professor, TECS

Textile Protection and Comfort Center
Textile Technology

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About Emiel DenHartog

Senior Scientist in the Human Performance group at the Human Factors Research Institute of TNO in The Netherlands and in the CBRN Protection Department at TNO Defence, Safety and Security (The Netherlands).   From 1997 to 2013 I’ve been working in various formal and informal roles as Senior Scientist, project manager and coordinator of the R&D efforts in Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment at TNO Defense, Security and Safety (The Netherlands), an independent not-for-profit contract research organization in The Netherlands. In this fashion, I had to combine the Human Factors expertise (ergonomics, physiology, psychology) with the available technical expertise on ballistic and chemical/biological protection, textiles, sensor technology, and others technology areas to apply research to solve questions and problems for customers. Main customers were the Netherlands and foreign armed forces, firefighters, law enforcement and sports. From August 2005 to August 2006 I have worked as an exchange scientist in the Individual Protection Directorate of Natick Soldier Center, a US Army lab that performs R&D on personal protective clothing and equipment for the soldier.

Since 2013 he has worked at the Textile Protection And Comfort Center (TPACC) at NC State University (USA) on the interaction between clothing and the human body to optimize protection, performance and comfort of the human body. Recently his work has focused more on the local interaction of fabrics and materials with the skin and the effects of the local microclimate on skin health. He teaches classes on Clothing Physiology and Textile Testing and publishes on comfort and protection evaluations of textiles and clothing.


Optimize Human performance in clothing systems in challenging environments, by combining science, engineering and measurement technologies on textiles with measurements of human performance and health: physiology, psychology, and ergonomics.

  • Evaluate added value of new technologies and materials for optimizing skin health and human performance.
  • Evaluate added value of new technologies and materials for workers who need to perform in hazardous or challenging conditions such as, but not limited to fire fighters, military, law enforcement, athletes and outdoor expeditions. To achieve that multi-disciplinary research needs to be my way of life.
  • Projects of interest range from basic heat and mass transfer modeling, physiological measurements, skin health and human monitoring, textile comfort and performance tests and quantitative analysis of psychological and behavioral aspects of clothing, athletic wear and protective equipment.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Biomedical Physics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 1997
  • MSc Experimental Physics, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 1992


Quantitative evaluation of mattresses using a thermal seat tester
Cannon, F. R., & DenHartog, E. A. (2019), JOURNAL OF THE TEXTILE INSTITUTE. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405000.2019.1598315
Analysis of air gap volume in structural firefighter turnout suit constructions in relation to heat loss
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., & Barker, R. (2018), TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL, 88(21), 2475–2484. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517517723024
Functional design and evaluation of structural firefighter turnout suits for improved thermal comfort: Thermal manikin and physiological modeling
McQuerry, M., Barker, R., & DenHartog, E. (2018), Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 36(3), 165–179. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887302x18757348
Impact of reinforcements on heat stress in structural firefighter turnout suits
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., & Barker, R. (2018), JOURNAL OF THE TEXTILE INSTITUTE, 109(10), 1367–1373. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405000.2018.1423881
Relationship between novel design modifications and heat stress relief in structural firefighters' protective clothing
McQuerry, M., Barker, R., & DenHartog, E. (2018), Applied Ergonomics, 70, 260–268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2018.03.004
Study of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) grafted cotton fabrics initiated by atmospheric pressure plasma
Sun, X. H., DenHartog, E., Zhang, X. W., & McCord, M. (2018), Applied Surface Science, 453, 182–191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.05.056
The influence of designs of protective uniforms on firefighters' performance during moderate physical exercises
Ciesielska-Wrobel, I., DenHartog, E., & Barker, R. (2018), TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL, 88(17), 1979–1991. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517517715084
A novel adjustable concept for permeable gas/vapor protective clothing: Balancing protection and thermal strain
Bogerd, C. P., Langenberg, J. P., & DenHartog, E. A. (2018), Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 62(2), 232–242. https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxx101
Effect of clothing layers on mass transfer of methyl salicylate vapor through CBRN materials in a cylinder test
Ormond, R. B., & DenHartog, E. A. (2017), Journal of Testing and Evaluation, 45(4), 1378–1387. https://doi.org/10.1520/jte20150491
Effect of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) on heat loss in structural firefighter turnout suits
McQuerry, M., DenHartog, E., & Barker, R. (2017), AATCC Journal of Research, 4(5), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.14504/ajr.4.5.1

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  • TT331 - Performance evaluations of textiles (Textile Testing) , Spring
  • TE551 - Clothing Physiology , Fall
  • TT401/402 - Senior Design (product development and evaluation support) ,

Areas of Expertise