XIN H. John - Lee Family Professor in Fashion and Textiles (Prof.)
Head, Institute of Textiles & Clothing; Chair Professor of Textile Chemistry
E-mail tcxinjh@polyu.edu.hk
Tel 2766 6490
Room QT730
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 ( http://www.nature.com/nsu/040607/040607-9.html ) 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 (Teaching & Research)

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.

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.

 

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Research

As of August 2013, more than 60 projects were obtained in the past 10 years with majority of the projects in a principal investigator (PI) capacity. 12 projects are GRF (previously CERG) projects obtained through competitive bidding from Research Grants Council of University Grants Council of the Hong Kong SAR government, and 3 from National Natural Science Foundation of China, 11 from the Innovation Technology Commission of the Hong Kong SAR government (ITF projects), and 3 from foreign countries. The total funding exceeds HK$50 million. Five selected projects are listed below:

  1. Principal Investigator, Smart Textiles with Photo-induced Multi-functional Properties, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel, Innovation and Technology Commission of HKSAR Government, HK$2,453,870, 2013-2015.
  2. Principal Investigator, Smart Thermoresponsive Hydrogel Controlled Release System Coated on Textile Materials for Skin Application, Innovation and Technology Commission of HKSAR Government, HK$999,000, 2013-2015.
  3. Principal  Investigator, The Second-Phase Research and Development of Imaging Colour Measurement (ICM) System for Textile and Garment Industry, Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel, Innovation and Technology Commission of HKSAR Government, HK$8,826,450, 2011-2014.
  4. Principal Investigator,  Synthesis and application of versatile bio-adhesive based colorants for textiles, Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, HK$1,187,000, 2011-2013.
  5. Principal Investigator, A Nanocrystallite TiO2-based Visible Light Self-cleaning System for Textiles, Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, HK$879,185, 2009-2012

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Publications / Exhibitions

He has published over 300 book chapters, SCI journal papers, conference proceedings, and patents were published. 10 selected papers are listed below: 

  1. 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). 
  2. Zongyue Yang, Xiaowen Wang, Dapeng Lei, Bin Fei, John H. Xin*, A durable flame retardant for cellulosic fabrics,  Polymer Degradation and Stability, 97, 2467-2472(2012).
  3. Yeeyee Kong,Yuyang Liu and John H. Xin*, Fabrics with self-adaptive wettability controlled by ‘‘light-and-dark’’, J. Mater. Chem., Vol.21, pp.17978-17987(2011).
  4. H. L. Shen, C. W. Weng, H. J. Wan, and J. H. Xin, Correcting cross-media instrument metamerism for reflectance estimation in multispectral imaging, Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 28(4), 511-516 (2011).
  5. Kaihong Qi and John H. Xin*, Room-Temperature Synthesis of Single-Phase Anatase TiO2 by Aging and its Self-Cleaning Properties, Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2, pp 3479–3485(2010).
  6. RongHua Wang, XiaoWen Wang, and John H. Xin*, Advanced Visible-Light-Driven Self-Cleaning Cotton by Au/TiO2/SiO2 Photocatalysts, Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2, 82-85 (2010).
  7. Bin Fei, Baitai Qian, Zongyue Yang, RonghuaWang,W.C. Liu, C.L. Mak, John H. Xin*, Coating carbon nanotubes by spontaneous oxidative polymerization of dopamine, Carbon, 46, pp1792-1828(2008).
  8. Hui-Liang Shen, Hong-Gang Zhang, John H. Xin*, Si-Jie Shao, Optimal selection of representative colorsfor spectral reflectance reconstruction in a multispectral imaging system, vol 47,  Issue 13, APPLIED OPTICS, pp 2494-2502(2008).
  9. YY Liu, XW Wang, KH Qi and J. H. Xin*, Functionalization of cotton with carbon nanotubes, Journal of Materials Chemistry, 18, 3454-3460, 2008.
  10. Kaihong Qi,, Walid A. Daoud, John H. Xin,*, C. L. Mak, Waisze Tang, and W. P. Cheung, Self-cleaning cotton, J. Mater. Chem., 16, 4567–4574 (2006).

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Academic Awards and Other Achievements

  1. Gold medal, Imaging Colour Measurement System based on Multispectral Imaging Technology,41st International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, April 2013.

  2. 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.

  3. Silver Medal, for significant contributions to the Society in Hong Kong and to its publications, 2007, the Society of Dyers and Colorists, U.K.

  4. Gold medal, Self-Cleaning Garment, 34th International Exhibition of Inventions, New Techniques and Products, Geneva, April 2006.

  5. Bronze medal, J.H.Xin, W.J Ye, P Li, ‘natural anti-bacterial finishing agent’, 2004 China International Exhibition of Inventions, Shanghai, China, September, 2004.

Achievements in Public, Governmental and Professional Services

  1. Silver Medal, for significant contributions to the Society in Hong Kong and to its publications, 2007, the Society of Dyers and Colorists, U.K.
  2. International Editor: Coloration Technology, published by the Society of Dyers and Colourists, UK.
  3. Editorial Board: The Journal of the Textile Institute, the Textile Institute, UK.
     

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Last Updated on 13 Nov 2013