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Dr Dahua Shou appointed as Limin Endowed Young Scholar in Advanced Textiles Technologies

19 Apr 2022

ITC congratulates Dr Dahua Shou on his official appointment as Limin Endowed Young Scholar in Advanced Textiles Technologies. Dr Shou, Assistant Professor of Institute of Textiles and Clothing, and Assistant Director of PolyU DRRC Novel Material Science and Technology Innovation Centre, earned his PhD from PolyU before his appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Sydney and Cornell University. An awardee of many prestigious awards, including TechConnect Global Innovation Awards for two consecutive years and those conferred by the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Dr Shou has published over 60 SCI papers in impactful journals such as Science Advances, PNAS, Advanced Energy Materials, and Advanced Functional Materials. Currently he serves on the editorial boards of four SCI journals and is a lead guest editor for several SCI journals.

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.

Dr Shou is equally committed to serving society. Amid COVID-19 pandemic when the demand for breathable protective gear was keen. Leveraging advanced functional materials and wearable technologies, he led a team to invent an air-conditioned thermo-responsive mask and a skin-like sweatable textile, greatly enhancing the wearing comfort for healthcare workers and people at large. These revolutionary technologies quickly won a number of international innovation awards and attracted collaboration opportunities with renowned companies.

About the Endowed Young Scholars Scheme

The Endowed Young Scholars Scheme (EYSS) is an initiative of PolyU to recognize distinguished scholars for their outstanding academic and research achievements. Founded in 1996, PolyU Technology and Consultancy Company Limited (PTeC) is the strategic professional service arm of PolyU. PTeC provides one-stop consultancy and knowledge transfer services to the private sector, government institutions and non-profit making organizations. Limin Endowed Young Scholar positions were established with donations from PTeC. The Chinese characters “Limin” (利民), literally “to benefit the people”, are taken from PolyU’s motto “To learn and to apply, for the benefit of mankind 開物成務 勵學利民”.

I dream of creating future intelligent wear for better health, comfort, performance, and sustainability. Being honoured as an Endowed Young Scholar is not only a recognition of my team’s research achievements in advanced textiles technologies and smart wearables, but also one step closer to my dream.

Dr Dahua Shou

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