Emiel DenHartog

Emiel DenHartog

Director of Graduate Programs, TECS
Associate Director, Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC)
Professor, TECS

Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
Textile Protection and Comfort Center
Textile Technology

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About Emiel DenHartog

If anything, I should probably describe my area of interests as Clothing Biophysics, Personal Protection and Textile Testing. To get here I’ve had opportunities to study a wide range of relevant research fields. 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). In this fashion, I had to combine the Human Factors expertise (ergonomics, physiology, psychology) with the available technical expertise on ballistic and chemical/biological (CBRN) protection, textiles, sensor technology, and others technology areas to apply research to solve questions and problems for customers. 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 I have worked at the Textile Protection And Comfort Center (TPACC) at NC State University (USA) on the interaction of clothing with Human Factors, Safety and Ergonomics. Research and Development projects focus on human performance, protection and comfort of military, first responders, and other professionals in challenging environments. Recently my work has also focused on the local interaction of fabrics and materials with the skin and the effects of the local microclimate on skin health, developing evaluation methods to study the interface of skin and textiles. The classes I teach are Clothing Physiology (TE/TT561), Textile Testing and Performance Evaluation (TT331) and a new PhD course around Measurement in Textile Sciences (FPS792). My passion is to apply science to make real improvements in safety, health and performance of professionals in challenging environments.

In my graduate students I am looking for people who are not afraid of developing new methods; problem solvers who can think and work independently, are pro-active, curious, and receptive to feedback.


Research and Development on textiles for human health and safety; Clothing Biophysics and Textile Testing.

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 and quantify added value of new technologies and materials for optimizing skin health and human performance.
  • Evaluate and quantify 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


Effects of Outer Shell Fabric Color, Smoke Contamination, and Washing on Heat Loss through Turnout Suit Systems
Gao, H., Deaton, A. S., Fang, X., Barker, R. L., DenHartog, E., & Watson, K. (2022, January 26), TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL. https://doi.org/10.1177/00405175211073353
Effects of environmental temperature and humidity on evaporative heat loss through firefighter suit materials made with semi-permeable and microporous moisture barriers
Gao, H., Deaton, A. S., Fang, X., Watson, K., DenHartog, E. A., & Barker, R. (2021, July 22), TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL. https://doi.org/10.1177/00405175211026537
Identifying factors that contribute to structural firefighter heat strain in North America
Barker, R., Fang, X., Deaton, S., DenHartog, E., Gao, H., Tutterow, R., & Schmid, M. (2021, November 11), INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND ERGONOMICS. https://doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2021.1987024
Mosquito-Textile Physics: A Mathematical Roadmap to Insecticide-Free, Bite-Proof Clothing for Everyday Life
Luan, K., West, A. J., McCord, M. G., DenHartog, E. A., Shi, Q., Bettermann, I., … Roe, R. M. (2021), INSECTS. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects12070636
Nondestructive Quantitative Evaluation of Yarns and Fabrics and Determination of Contact Area of Fabrics Using the X-ray Microcomputed Tomography System for Skin-Textile Friction Analysis
Baby, R., Mathur, K., & DenHartog, E. (2021), ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 13(3), 4652–4664. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.0c18300
Wicking in textiles at rates comparable to human sweating
Kim, H.-sang, Michielsen, S., & DenHartog, E. (2021), COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfa.2021.126726
New wicking measurement system to mimic human sweating phenomena with continuous microfluidic flow
Kim, H.-sang, Michielsen, S., & DenHartog, E. (2020), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10853-020-04543-4
Skin-textiles friction: importance and prospects in skin comfort and in healthcare in prevention of skin injuries
Baby, R., Mathur, K., & DenHartog, E. (2020), JOURNAL OF THE TEXTILE INSTITUTE. https://doi.org/10.1080/00405000.2020.1827582
Auxetic deformation of the weft-knitted Miura-ori fold
Luan, K., West, A., DenHartog, E., & McCord, M. (2019), TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517519877468
Exertional Strain and Task Performance Consequences of a Reduction in Protection in Structural Fire Fighter PPE - A Pilot Study
DenHartog, E. A. (2019, June), MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE, Vol. 51, pp. 762–762. https://doi.org/10.1249/01.mss.0000562771.32308.7d

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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) ,