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Prof. John H. Xin
Lee Family Professor in Fashion and Textiles
Chair Professor
Fashion & Textile Technology - Chemistry
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Professor John H Xin (忻浩忠) graduated from the University of Leeds, UK with a PhD in textile chemistry. His main teaching and research interests include functional and smart textile and garment treatments, new functional material synthesis, nano-encapsulation systems with controllable release, coloration technology, colour science, including colour measurement and quality control, colour communication technology. He has published over 300 book chapters, SCI journal papers, conference proceedings, and patents and has been invited as keynote speakers and session chairs in numerous international conferences. His work in the development of smart materials such as temperature trigged fog-catching cotton, light induced moisture management fabrics, novel surface functional treatments based on nanotechnology, including repellent surfaces, protective, personal health care fabrics, and self-cleaning fabric has been valued highly in both academic quality and industrial applications and the work on temperature trigged fog-catching cotton, self-cleaning fabric was the highlight and headline news of Nature (Jan 2013, June 2004) and the self-cleaning garment developed won a gold medal in 34th Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions in 2006. His research in colour measurement had led to the development of the world first highly accurate non-contact measurement system for multi-colour surfaces, 3D objects, etc., which won a gold medal in 41st Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions in 2013.  He is a Charted Colourist of the Society of Dyers and Colourists, UK and a panel member of the International Editorial Board of the prestigious Coloration Technology published by the Society of Dyers and Colourists and the editor of the Journal of Textile Institute, published by the Textile Institute based in the U.K.

Areas of Expertise

He and his research team successfully developed many new and novel technologies from moisture catching from atmosphere, unidirectional water transport, protection clothing (UV-blocking, water-, oil-, and soil-repellency), personal health care (anti-microbial, anti-fungal) and skin care cosmetic textiles, to multi-functional, self-cleaning fabrics. The achievement in this area can be reflected by quite a number of patents, over 100 research papers in the top SCI journals in the field of material science, chemistry, and textile technology. His recent work for smart fog-catching textiles published in Advanced Materials has been highlighted by the world top science journal Nature,493,580 (31 January 2013) and many other media. The work in the area of self-cleaning fabric has been the headline news from the world top science journal Nature published in UK ( ) and the 2nd generation of self-cleaning garment developed won a gold medal in 34th Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions in 2006. The developments of nanostructured lotus leave repellent surfaces, UV-blocking treatment, and nano-encapsulation and nano core-shell particles for skin and health care, anti-odour, and other controlled release features set new standards for high value-added treatments and products in textile industry.

In the area of colour science and technology, his research interests are in colour difference involving textured surfaces, high fidelity 2D and 3D colour rendering, multi-spectral imaging and the research outcomes can be found in Journal of the Optical Society of America, Optical Letters, Color Research and Application, Journal of Electronic Imaging, Coloration Technology, etc. Recently, a world first accurate colour measurement system for multi-coloured textiles and objects, 3D irregular shaped objects (which cannot be measured previously), has been successfully developed. This innovative and ground-breaking system won the gold medal in the 41st Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions in 2013.  His expertise in industrial colour quality control and management, colour communication is well known in Hong Kong and abroad. He was the technical advisor for building of the only entirely web-based colour management and communication system and subsequently won the Best of The Best “Prime Ministers Award” in Malaysia, Best of the Software Application Award in Asia Pacific Information and Communication Technology 2002, and a few other awards. He also coordinated the development of a renowned commercial colour management system when worked in the UK. He has conducted many consultancy works in the area of colour management for supply chain, colour communication via electronic means, and colour evaluation and organised many industrial training courses.

BSc, Dong Hua University, 1984
PhD, Textile Chemistry, The University of Leeds, U.K., 1989

Area of Specialization

His main teaching and research specialties include textile chemistry, textile wet processing including dyeing and finishing, functional and smart textile and garment surface treatments, new functional material synthesis, nanotechnology, controllable release encapsulation systems, smart and functional coatings, colour science, colour management and quality control, colour communication technologies.


Research Overview

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Teaching Activities

(a) Subjects Taught (for the past 3 years)

  Year Subject title Level
  2010-2013     Colour Management and Technology BA (Hons)
  2010-2013 Colour Science PhD  

Professor Xin also delivers lectures on topics of nanotechnologies and their applications to textiles, smart and functional materials for textile applications, skin protection and cosmetic textiles, coloration technologies and colour measurement techniques.

(b) Supervision of Research Postgraduate Students

He successfully supervised and is now supervising more than 20 PhD students as a chief supervisor, and many more, as a co-supervisor.

Awards and Honours

Awards (selected)

  • Second-prize of China National Science Progress Award for Key Technology of Dgitization Textile Fabric Colours and its Industrialization, 2020
  • First-prize of Shandong Provincial Science and Technology Award for Key Technologies and their industrial application for Color Digitization of Yarns and Fabrics in Textile and Apparel Industry, Shandon Province, China, 2018
  • First Class Award for National Science and Technology Progress Award, the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC)for Development & Application of Key Technology for Color Digitization of Yarn Dyeing Industry, 2017.
  • Silver Medal, Cooling fiber with near-infrared and visible light reflection, 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, 2017
  • Gold Medal, for outstanding research and innovation into novel textile finishes, 16 May 2014, the Society of Dyers and Colourists, UK., 2014
  • Gold Medal, H Hu, J H Xin, Y P Liu, A Chan, H W Hu, Smart Impact Protective 3D-spacer Fabrics of Adaptive Stiffness, 42nd Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions, April, 2014
  • Gold medal, Imaging Colour Measurement System based on Multispectral Imaging Technology, 41st International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, April 2013
  • Outstanding Product Innovation & Commercialization Award, ‘Cleaner world with Lotus Nano® repellency technology’, The 86th Textile Institute World Conference, The Textile Institute, 18th - 21st Nov. 2008, Hong Kong
  • Silver Medal, for significant contributions to the Society in Hong Kong and to its publications, 2007, The Society of Dyers and Colorists, U.
  • Gold medal, Self-Cleaning Garment, 34th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, April 2006

Selected Publications / Museum Collections / Exhibitions / Patents

Publications (selected)

  • Chen, ZJMa, KKMahle, JJWang, HSyed, ZHAtilgan, AChen, YWXin, JHIslamoglu, TPeterson, GWFarha, OK (Dec 2019). Integration of Metal-Organic Frameworks on Protective Layers for Destruction of Nerve Agents under Relevant Conditions, J. Am.Chem.Soc: 141(5), 20016-20021.
  • Wang, YFLiang, XZhu, HXin, JHZhang, Q ; Zhu, SP, Reversible Water Transportation Diode: Temperature-Adaptive Smart Janus Textile for Moisture/Thermal Management, Adv. Func. Mater. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201907851.
  • Kaikai Ma, Timur Islamoglu, Zhijie Chen, Peng Li, Megan C. Wasson, Yongwei Chen, Yuanfeng Wang, Gregory W. Peterson, John H. Xin*, Omar K. Farha*, (Oct. 2019). Scalable and Template-Free Aqueous Synthesis of Zirconium-Based Metal–Organic Framework Coating on Textile Fiber, J. Am.Chem.Soc . 141(39), 15626-15633
  • Yuanfeng Wang, Kaikai Ma, John H. Xin*, Stimuli-Responsive Bioinspired Materials for Controllable Liquid Manipulation: Principles, Fabrication, and Applications, Adv. Funct. Mater. 28, 1705128 (2018).
  • Yuanfeng Wang, Baitai Qian, Chuilin Lai, Xiaowen Wang, Kaikai Ma, Yujuan Guo, Xingli Zhu, Bin Fei, John H. Xin*, Flexible Slippery Surface to Manipulate Droplet Coalescence and Sliding, and Its Practicability in Wind-Resistant Water Collection, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 9, 24428−24432 (2017).
  • Yuanfeng Wang, Chuilin Lai, Xiaowen Wang, Yang Liu, Huawen Hu, Yujuan Guo, Kaikai Ma, Bin Fei, John H. Xin*, Beads-on-String Structured Nanofibers for Smart and Reversible Oil/ Water Separation with Outstanding Antifouling Property, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 8, 25612−25620 (2016).
  • Yang Liu, Xiaowen Wang, Bin Fei, Huawen Hu, Chuilin Lai, and John H. Xin*, Bioinspired, Stimuli- Responsive, Multifunctional Superhydrophobic Surface with Directional Wetting, Adhesion, and Transport of Water, Adv. Funct. Mater. 25, 5047–5056 (2015).
  • H R Yang, H J Zhu, M M R M Hendrix, N J H G M Lousberg, G de With, A. C C Esteves*, and J H Xin*, Temperature-Triggered Collection and Release of Water from Fogs by a Sponge-Like Cotton Fabric, Advanced Materials, 25(8), 1150-1154 (2013).