Textiles Complex 3334
Teaching and Research Interests
- Textile Electronics (fiber/textile-based electrical devices)
- Textile Manufacturing Technologies (spinning, weaving, knitting, nonwovens, etc.)
- Fiber and Polymer Science (including relevant nano-materials/technologies)
- Textile Product Development
- Design and Analysis of Textile Structural Composites
- Electroactive Polymers and Devices
- Textile Protection and Comfort
- Mechanics of Fibrous Assemblies
The following are examples of her current research projects:
Wearable electronic devices are increasingly becoming a part of our daily lives. As the field of flexible electronics progresses, there is significant research underway to integrate wearable and other electronic capabilities into textiles. The motivation is obvious since smart textiles can be potentially employed in a wide range of applications. The unique and desirable properties of textiles are mostly derived from their hierarchical structure with fibers as building blocks. Fiber-based electrical devices are inherently advantageous because they combine breathability, conformability, strength and stability of textiles with electrical functionalities.
Fiber actuators and sensors, possessing excellent flexibility and inherent small scale. Obviously, they can be integrated into textiles, such as woven, knitting and nonwovens, to develop wearable smart systems for human health, protection or rehabilitation. These devices are also crucial components in smart systems that can monitor signals and generate responses in very confined space.
Integrating fiber electronics into textiles
To integrate fiber electronics into fabrics, textile technology provides variety of possibilities. Woven fabrics consist of two systems of orthogonal interlaced yarns that is ideal structure to assemble electrical circuits, such as tic-tac-toe logical controlled smart textiles; Knit fabrics consist of yarn loops are generally more flexible/deformable structures. Some of these are suitable for fabric actuators with large deformation capability.
Electroactive polymers (EAPs) exhibit shape change when subjected to an electric field. They are lightweight, soft, and inexpensive, while they are easy to process, shape, and tune to offer a broad range of mechanical and electrical properties. Dielectric electroactive polymers (D-EAP) constitute a class of EAPs with great potential. D-EAPs consist of physically or chemically cross-linked macromolecular networks and are mechanically isotopic. Therefore, in most actuator applications that require directional electromechanical response, it is necessary to use other complex means to direct the stress/strain in the preferred direction.
- TMS 211 – Introduction to Fiber Science , Spring 2018
- TMS 211 – Introduction to Fiber Science , Fall 2018
- TT 327 – Yarn Production and Properties , Fall 2018
- TT 351 – Woven Products and Processes , Spring 2019
- TT 105 601 – Introduction to Textile Technology , Summer II 2018
- TT 341 – Knitted Fabric Technology , Spring 2020
- TT 105 601 – Introduction to Textile Technology , Summer II 2020
- TT341 – Knitted Fabric Technology , Spring 2021
BS Textile Science and Engineering Donghua University 2008
MS Textile Material Science and Product Development Donghua University 2011
PhD Fiber and Polymer Science North Carolina State University 2017
Area(s) of Expertise
Functional Textile Design
- Use of Meltblown Nonwoven Fabric Filter for Stormwater Runoff Treatment , WATER (2023)
- Advances in 3D Gel Printing for Enzyme Immobilization , GELS (2022)
- Effects of Air Gaps on Heat Loss through Firefighter Turnout Composites with Different Moisture Barrier Components , FIBERS AND POLYMERS (2022)
- Effects of Outer Shell Fabric Color, Smoke Contamination, and Washing on Heat Loss through Turnout Suit Systems , Textile Research Journal (2022)
- Effects of the moisture barrier and thermal liner components on the heat strain and thermal protective performance of firefighter turnout systems , TEXTILE RESEARCH JOURNAL (2022)
- Relationship between heat loss indexes and physiological indicators of turnout-related heat strain in mild and hot environments , INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND ERGONOMICS (2022)
- Effects of environmental temperature and humidity on evaporative heat loss through firefighter suit materials made with semi-permeable and microporous moisture barriers , Textile Research Journal (2021)
- Identifying factors that contribute to structural firefighter heat strain in North America , International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (2021)
- Effects of Total Heat Loss versus Evaporative Resistance of Firefighter Garments in a Physiological Heat Strain Trial , (2020)
- Fiber-Based Sensors and Actuators , Handbook of Fibrous Materials (2020)
In this proposed research, we aim to develop new types of synthetic fibers that would reflect a portion of the incoming solar infrared radiation that would otherwise add heat to bodies and buildings and enhance the IR radiation emitted by the human body to the ambient.
The overarching goal of this project is to develop coating materials and processes to treat the commercially available tent fabrics for enhancing the solar radiation reflectivity and ultimately improving the cooling effect of tents used outdoor during summer.
- Research: Functional Textile Design
- Research: Nanotechnology
- Research: Performance Textiles
- Research: Polymer/Fiber/Textile Processing
- Research: Protective Textiles
- Research: Technical/Electronic Textiles/Wearables
- Academics: Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
- Academics: Textile Technology