Paul Kiekens

Paul Kiekens

Paul Kiekens

Full Professor and Head of the Department of Textiles at Ghent University

Paul Kiekens is Full Professor and Head of the Department of Textiles at Ghent University, Belgium.  He is a graduate from Ghent University (Gent, Belgium) and holds a PhD in physical chemistry and one in textile technology.  He has previously served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at Ghent University and is the former president of ENMat (European Network of Materials Research Centres). He currently is the executive coordinator of AUTEX (Association of Universities for Textiles).

Over the years, Prof. Kiekens has been involved in a large number of national and particularly European projects about education and research.  He wrote more than 200 international publications and several books.

More information about Paul and his work here.

Main fields of interest: textiles, (physical) chemistry, flexible materials, composites, textile chemistry, fiber manufacturing, nanotechnology (applied to textiles)

Abstract Title: Nanotechnology for Textiles and Clothing : Actual Status

Abstract: Textiles and clothing have been early adapters of nanotechnology. Since the end of the 1990’s nano has been playing an important role to confer some specific properties to textile materials.

Specific properties which can be generated are antimicrobial activity, antistatic characteristics, repellency, self-cleaning, flame retardancy, UV-protection, conductivity, … . Some of these will be discussed extensively in this paper.

Although a lot of research has been done, the major challenge of nanoparticle applications to textile materials remains the maintenance of the durability of the effects obtained. In addition, developing an appropriate industrial technology to apply nanoparticles to textile materials is not always straightforward. A few application technologies are mentioned and discussed.

Finally, nano still is an emerging field and nanotoxicity remains a challenging issue : not only towards human beings but also towards the environment and all sorts of ecosystems!

Textiles and clothing have been early adapters of nanotechnology. Since the end of the 1990’s nano has been playing an important role to confer some specific properties to textile materials.

Specific properties which can be generated are antimicrobial activity, antistatic characteristics, repellency, self-cleaning, flame retardancy, UV-protection, conductivity, … . Some of these will be discussed extensively in this paper.

Although a lot of research has been done, the major challenge of nanoparticle applications to textile materials remains the maintenance of the durability of the effects obtained. In addition, developing an appropriate industrial technology to apply nanoparticles to textile materials is not always straightforward. A few application technologies are mentioned and discussed.

Finally, nano still is an emerging field and nanotoxicity remains a challenging issue : not only towards human beings but also towards the environment and all sorts of ecosystems!

SPEAKER OF SESSION 4: NANOTECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCED MATERIALS IN CONSUMER GOODS