HU J.L. (Prof.)
Tel 2766 6437
Room QT807a
Prof. Hu obtained her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from China and her PhD from UMIST (now University of Manchester), UK. Before furthering her studies in the UK she was a lecturer in a textile university in China, where she taught subjects such as Textile Material Sciences, Fashion Colours and Clothing Studies. Prof Hu joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1994. She teaches a broad range of subjects such as Structre and Mechanics of Textiles, testing and evaluation of textiles and clothing, quality assurance, textile technology and material sciences, product development, as well as hi-tech and non-apparel textiles. Her teaching duties include different levels of class teaching and supervising BSc, MPhil and PhD students.
She has been undertaking and leading a number of large scale ( millions of HK Dollars) of research projects in the areas of Shape Memory Materials and Textiles, Structure and Mechanics, Cloth (Soft-Body) Simulation, Objective Fabric Appearance and Hand Evaluation using Psychophysics, Image Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. Prof Hu is a member of several professional bodies, an Publication Committee Chair and Executive member of the Hong Kong Institution of Textiles & Apparel and of the Society of Hong Kong Scholars, a Fellow of the Textile Institute and of the Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel, Editor-in-Chief for Research Journal of Textiles and Apparel as well as an editorial member of a number of journals, an Honorary Professor of several universities in China. She has published a number of books and book chapters and about 300 papers and patents, and has been awarded many prizes for the merits of her academic papers and industrial materials and products.

In addition, as an invited speaker and author of papers, PhD examiner, adviser and organizer of conferences. Prof. Hu is active in the international academic world. In particular, she has very strong ties with China and has been liaising with the top universities in China to promote our research and programmes as well as recruit students. Her name is included in several international biographical publications. she was awarded by the Fibre Society of the USA for a Distinguished Achievements Award and Sang Ma Award from China.
BEng, Wuhan Institute of Textile Science and Technology (WHITST), China, 8/1982
MEng, China Textile University (CTU), Major: Textile Materials, Thesis Title: Evaluation of fabric hand (9/1983-1/1986), 1/1986
PhD, Textile Department, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Thesis Title: Low-stress fabric mechanics and structure of woven fabrics (8/1990-8/1994), 8/1994

Area of Specialization (Teaching & Research)

  1. Teaching Specialities: Textile Materials, Textile Sciences, Hi-tech Textiles
  2. Research fields/Specialism: Shape Memory materials and textile/Textile materials

    Teaching Activities

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

      Year Subject title Level
      2008-2009 Textile Material Sciences PhD
        Textile and Clothing Materials & Processing MSc
        Fabric Technology I and II BSc
        Advanced Textile Studies BSc 
      2007-2008 Textile Sciences: Textile Mechanics PhD
        Textile Material Sciences PhD 
        Textile and Clothing Materials & Processing MSc 
        Fabric Technology I and II BSc
        Fabric Technology I and II BSc 
        Advanced Textile Studies MSc
        Hi-tech Textiles  
      2006-2007 Product Development  
        Hi-tech Textiles  
        Textile Materials PhD 
        Textile Sciences: Textile Mechanics PhD
        Clothing and Textile Materials and Processes MSc
        Current Development in Textile Technology BSc

    (b) Supervision of Research Postgraduate Students

          Completed: 10 PhD (8 as Chief Supervisor, 2 as Co-Supervisor)
                                 2 MPhil (1 as Chief Supervisor, 1 as Co-Supervisor)
          Ongoing: 7 PhD (4 as Chief Supervisor, 3 as Co-Supervisor)

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  1. Study of Stimuli Responsive Shape Memory Cellulose Composites, RGC funding.(1 Jan 10 – 30 Jun 12)
  2. 研究開發具有形狀記憶特性的紡織產品 [Development of Textile Products with Shape Memory Fibers](Ref.: P09-0147), 廣東紡織服裝研究所 (Guangdong Institute for Garment Research and Development, RMB 150,000.(15 Nov 2009- 30 April 2011)
  3. 研究開發具有形狀記憶特性的內衣產品 [Development of Intimate Apparel and using Shape Memory Fibers] Ref.: P09-0129), Zhejiang Heng Mei Company Ltd., RMB 100,000. (10 Oct 2009-9 Oct 2010).
  4. Study of Multi-responsive and Multi-functional Shape Memory Polymers for Intelligent Textiles and Apparel, UGC Funding (1 May 2008- 30 April 11)
  5. Development of Shape Memory Wool Garment (Ref.: P06-0065), Australian Wool Innovation Limited, AUD 463,000. (7 Jul 2006- 30 Aug 2007)

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Publications / Exhibitions

  1. Han J.P., Zhu Y., Hu J.L., Luo H.S., Yeung L.Y., Li W.G., Meng Q.H., Ye G.D., Zhang S. and Fan Y. (2012). Morphology, reversible phase crystallization, and thermal sensitive shape memory effect of cellulose whisker/SMPU nano-composites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 123(2), 749 - 762
  2. Luo H.S., Hu J.L. and Zhu Y. (2011). Tunable shape recovery of polymeric nano-composites, Materials Letters, 65(23-24), 3583 – 3585
  3. Chen S.J., Hu J.L. and Zhuo H.T. (2011). Study on the moisture absorption of pyridine containing polyurethane for moisture-responsive shape memory effects, Journal of Materials Science, 46(20): 6581 – 6588
  4. Luo H.S., Hu J.L. and Zhu Y. (2011). Polymeric Shape Memory Nanocomposites with Heterogeneous Twin Switches, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 212(18), 1981 – 1986
  5. Chen S.J., Hu J.L., Zhuo H.T. and Chen S.G. (2011). Effect of MDI-BDO hard segment on pyridine-containing shape memory polyurethanes, Journal of Materials Science, 46(15), 5294 – 5304
  6. Ji F.L. and Hu J.L. (2011). Comparison of shape memory polyurethanes and polyurethane-ureas having crystalline reversible phase, High Performance Polymers, 23(4), 314 – 325
  7. Chen S.J., Hu J.L., Chen S.G. and Zhang C.L. (2011). Study on the structure and morphology of supramolecular shape memory polyurethane containing pyridine moieties, Smart Materials & Structures, 20(6), 065003
  8. Zhuo H.T., Hu J.L. and Chen S.J. (2011). Study of water vapor permeability of shape memory polyurethane nanofibrous nonwovens, Textile Research Journal, 81(9), 883 – 891
  9. Ji F.L., Hu J.L. and Han J.P. (2011). Shape memory polyurethane-ureas based on isophorone diisocyanate, High Performance Polymers, 23(3), 177 - 187
  10. Zhuo H.T., Hu J.L. and Chen S.J. (2011). Study of the thermal properties of shape memory polyurethane nanofibrous nonwoven, Journal of Materials Science, 46(10), 3464 – 3469
  11. Ma L., Baciu G., Hu J.L. and Zhang J.H. (2011). A novel weave pattern encoding method using neighbor information and its applications, Textile Research Journal, 81(6), 632 – 648
  12. Zhuo H.T., Hu J.L. and Chen S.J. (2011). Coaxial electrospun polyurethane core-shell nanofibers for shape memory and antibacterial nanomaterials, Express Polymer Letters, 5(2), 182-187
  13. Xin, B.J., Hu, J.L., Baciu, G. and Yu, X.B. (2011). Development of Weave Code Technology for Textile Products. Fibres & Textiles in Eastern Europe, 19(2), 33-35
  14. Zhuo, H.T., Hu, J.L., and Chen, S.J. (2011). Study of the thermal properties of shape memory polyurethane nanofibrous nonwoven. Journal of Materials Science, 46(10), 3464 -3469
  15. Lu, J. and Hu, J. L. (2010). Study on the Properties of Core Spun Yarn and Fabrics of Shape Memory Polyurethane. Fibres & Textiles in Eastern Europe, 18(4), 39 - 42
  16. Zhang, C.L., Hu, J.L., Chen, S.J. and Ji, F.L. (2010). Theoretical Study of Hydrogen Bonding Interactions on MDI-based Polyurethane. Journal of Molecular Modeling,  18(8), 1391 – 1399
  17. Ng, M.C.F., Wang, X.Q., Hu, J.L. and Szeto, Y.C. (2010). Shapeable Stretch Textiles via Weaves for Seamless Woven Fashion. Textile Research Journal, 80(12), 1191 – 1200
  18. Chen, S.J., Hu, J.L., Zhuo, H.T., Yuen, C.W.M. and Chan, L.K. (2010). Study on the Thermal-induced Shape Memory Effect of Pyridine Containing Supramolecular Polyurethane. Polymer, 51, 240-248
  19. Chen, S.J., Hu, J.L., Yuen, C.W. M. and Chan, L.K. (2010). Fourier-transform Infrared Study of Supramolecular Polyurethane Networks Containing Pyridine Moieties for Shape Memory Materials. Polymer International, 59, 529-538
  20. Chen, S.J., Hu, J.L., Yuen, C.W., Chan, L. and Zhuo, H.T. (2010). Triple Shape Memory Effect in Multiple Crystalline Polyurethanes. Polymers for Advanced Technologies, 21, 377-380
  21. Chen, S.J., Hu, J.L., Yuen C.W.M. and Chan, L.K. (2010). Supramolecular polyurethane networks containing pyridine moieties for shape memory materials. Materials Letters, 59, 529-538
  22. Hu, J.L. and Chen, S.J. (2010). A Review of Actively Moving Polymers in Textile Applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 20, 3346-3355
  23. Meng, Q.H. and Hu, J.L. (2010). A Brief Review of Stimulus-active Polymers Responsive to Thermal, Light, Magnetic, Electric, and Water/solvent Stimuli. Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 21, 859-885
  24. Chen, S.J., Hu, J.L. and Zhuo, H.T. (2010). Properties and mechanism of two-way shape memory polyurethane composites, Composites Science and Technology, 70 (10), 1437
  25. Hu, J.L., Jin G.X., Lu, J. and Wang, J. (2010). Development of Thermo-sensitive Shape-memory Fabric and Research of Arching Recovery, Cotton Textile Technology, 7, 409-410
  26. Chen, S.J., Hu, J.L., Yuen, C.W.M. and Chan, L.K. (2009). Novel Moisture-sensitive Shape Memory Polyurethanes Containing Pyridine Moieties. Polymer, 50, 4424-4428
  27. Chen, S.J., Hu, J.L., Yuen, C.W.M. and Chan, L.K. (2009). Supramolecular Polyurethane Networks Containing Pyridine Moieties for Shape Memory Materials. Materials Letters, 63, 1462-1464
  28. Liu, B.H, Hu, J.L. & Meng, Q.H. (2009). Nonwoven Supported Temperature-sensitive Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)/Polyurethane Copolymer Hydrogel with Antibacterial Activity. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B - Applied Biomaterials, 89B: 1-8.
  29. Meng, Q.H and Hu, J.L. (2009). A Review of Shape Memory Polymer Composites and Blends. Composites Part A, 40, 1661-1672
  30. Meng, Q.H., Hu, J.L., Liu, B.H. & Zhu, Y. (2009). Properties of Shape Memory Polyurethane Ionomer as a Low Temperature Thermoplastic Antibacterial Orthotic Material: Influence of Ionic Group. Journal of Biomaterials Science-Polymer Edition, 20, 199-218

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Academic Awards and Other Achievements

  1. 2000 Outstanding Scientists 2008/2009 – Textile Science and Technology, International Biographical Centre (IBC), Cambridge, England.
  2. Research Award, Golden Award of “Fabric Structure Analysis and Appearance Evaluation System-FabricEye”, 6th China International Invention Exhibition Inventions (IEIS), Suzhou, China, 16th-19th October 2008
  3. Most Valued Project Award for Development of Shape Memory Wool Garment, Outstanding Professional Services & Innovation Awards, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2007.
  4. Highest International Consultancy Award for Development of Shape Memory Wool Garment, Outstanding Professional Services & Innovation Awards, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2007.
  5. First-Class Prize, Sang Ma Trust Fund Textile Science and Technology Award, Oct 2006. (桑麻科技一等奖, 10/2006. 中国天津.)
  6. Silver Award, Shape Memory Fabrics and their Preparation Methods, 53rd World Exhibition of Innovation, Research and New Technology in Brussels Eureka 2004 (38th World Eureka Invention Expo.) Nov. 2004.
  7. Gold Award, Advanced Automatic Fabric Appearance Evaluation System, 14th National Inventions Exhibition of China, October 2003.
  8. Distinguished Achievement Award in Basic or Applied Fiber Science by The Fiber Society (In recognition of her contributions to fiber science, particularly for her studies on fabric structure and mechanical properties of textiles), USA, 31 October 2001.

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Last Updated on 03 Oct 2012