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RCTFF secures funding from Innovation and Technology Fund

1 Apr 2024

Research & Innovation

Dr Tracy Mok, Associate Director of PolyU’s Research Centre of Textiles for Future Fashion (RCTFF),  Professor Jintu Fan, Director of RCTFF, and Ir Professor Albert Chan, member of RCTFF, recently secured approximately HK$5 million from the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) for a 2-year research project entitled “Multimode Anti-Heating Green Uniforms for Construction Workers in Hong Kong – A Complete ESG Development and Management Proposal”.

This project aims to develop new multimode anti-heating green fabrics and garments for the production of construction worker uniforms in Hong Kong. The project will investigate new methods that best integrate novel knitting fabric structures as well as fabric surface modification approaches to realise new radiative cooling fabrics for the uniforms. For moisture management, the new uniforms facilitate rapid and one-way moisture wicking from the skin to the outer surface of the garment. They can keep the skin dry and prevent the clothing layer from sticking to the skin even in conditions where the wearer is sweating profusely.  For thermal management, the garments can facilitate the dissipation of mid-infrared radiation from the body to the environment for passive cooling while the outer layer of the fabrics can reflect solar radiation in a broad spectrum (near-IR, visible, UV) to reduce heat absorption in outdoor environments. The new fabrics and uniforms will be developed, tested and evaluated to offer new standards/guidelines for the production and management of construction worker uniforms, which will ensure compliance to new quality requirements.

About the Research Centre of Textiles for Future Fashion (RCTFF)

Established on 1 October 2023, RCTFF is dedicated to driving groundbreaking research with the principal objective of advancing high-performance textiles and fashion products. By creating an environment that fosters collaboration and encourages creativity, the centre strives to generate innovative solutions for efficient and sustainable fashion and textile life cycles. RCTFF focuses on a diverse range of core research themes, including, but not limited to:

  • Advanced materials and technologies
  • Product design and innovation
  • Life cycle management

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