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PolyU Establishes Endowed Professorship and Endowed Young Scholar in Textiles Technologies

28 Apr 2022

PolyU recently set up an Endowed Professorship in Textiles Technologies and an Endowed Young Scholar in Advanced Textiles Technologies. The endowments will enable the Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) to advance research in areas not limited to functional textiles, fashion and intelligent wearable technology. PolyU has been a forerunner in research and education for the textiles industry with ITC being recognised as the world leader at the intersection of fashion design, technology and business.

Professor Fan Jintu, Head and Chair Professor of Fiber Science and Apparel Engineering of ITC, is appointed as the Lee Family Professor in Textiles Technologies. Professor Fan is a world-class expert in functional textiles and fashion with prominent international standing. His exceptional contributions to clothing thermal comfort, theories of heat and mass transfer in fibrous materials, personal thermal management and fashion aesthetics have tremendous impacts on the industry. His prolific research outputs include the world’s first sweating fabric, transient heat and mass transfer model in fibrous material via radiation and phase change, biomimetic textiles, and Volume-Height Index that objectively determines bodily attractiveness.

Dr Shou Dahua, Assistant Professor of ITC, and Assistant Director of PolyU DRRC Novel Material Science and Technology Innovation Centre, is appointed as the Limin Young Scholar in Advanced Textiles Technologies. Dr Shou bases his research on cutting-edge multi-physics mechanisms in hierarchical fibrous porous media, and his interests cover personal thermal and moisture management, smart wearable technologies, soft robotics, and green energy. With a view to reinvent intelligent textiles and clothing as human’s second skin, he strives to enhance their performance in human-environment and human-computer interfaces, imbuing them with self-adaptive properties amid extreme and dynamically changing environments. Ultimately, his goal is to provide healthy, comfortable, efficient and sustainable apparels for all.

We sincerely thank Dr Harry Lee, Chairman of TAL Apparel Limited, for his generous donation to establish the impactful Endowed Professorship and Endowed Young Scholar, and for his fervent support to and wholehearted trust in ITC over the years. We hope like-minded philanthropists who share our belief in “partnership for impact” will find inspiration from these appointments. Please contact Alumni Affairs and Development Office or browse the Scheme website for more information.

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