Professor and Laboratory Director Renewable Fiber and Composite LaboratoryTXA Faculty
Office: GEA 304
Lab: GEA 302
PhD, University of Leeds
Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, England, in 1995. He is a professor in the program of Textiles and Apparel in the School of Human Ecology at UT Austin. Prior to joining UT Austin, he was a professor in the Louisiana State University. Dr. Chen’s major research focuses are on the development of renewable fibers and fiber composite materials from natural resources. His current research projects include production and evaluation of bio-based non-woven composites for automotive interior manufacture; fabrication and characterization of activated carbon fiber materials for end uses in protective garments, water/air filtration, bio- and chemical-contaminant cleanup, and noise absorption and insulation; and regenerated cellulose/nanoparticle polymers and fibers. Dr. Chen’s teaching interests cover biobased fiber composites, textile science, textile/apparel manufacturing, and advanced research methods in textiles. Dr. Chen is a senior member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), member of the American Chemical Society, and member of the Textile Institute.