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Jonathan Y Chen

Professor, Renewable Fiber and Composite Laboratory Coordinator, Professor
Division of Textiles and Apparel, School of Human Ecology


Phone: 512-471-0633

Office Location
GEA 304

Ph.D., The University of Leeds, England (1995)
Postdoc., Louisiana State University (1997)

Dr. Jonathan Y. Chen has been working in the disciplinary area of textile science and engineering for over 30 years. He has expertise in structure, process, and applications of renewable and polymeric fiber materials; production and evaluation of biobased fiber composites; nonwoven and knitting technologies; and objective evaluation of apparel fabrics.

His current research focuses are on development of bio-functional micron/nano cellulose fiber for apparel and medical fabrics; production and evaluation of biobased nonwoven composites for automotive interiors; 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.

He has published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals, books, and technical conference proceedings relevant to textile materials, polymers, composites, bioresource technologies, and material testing. Dr. Chen’s teaching interests cover textile science, textile/apparel manufacturing, specialty fiber/textile materials, textile numerical modeling, and advanced textile research methods. Dr. Chen is Fellow of The Textile Institute (CText FTI), Senior Member of American Association of Textile Chemists and Coloristsand (AATCC), and Member of Bio-Environmental Polymer Society. He is serving on the editorial boards for Journal of Industrial Textiles, Textile Research Journal, and Journal of Biobased Materials and Bioenergy.

Biobased Fiber and Composite Materials (fiber, textile, composite, polymer, nanomaterial)

Recent Publications

Li, Y., Miao, X., Chen, J.Y., Jiang, G., and Liu, Q. Sensing Performance of Knitted Strain Sensor on Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Surfaces. Materials & Design, 197 (2021), 109273. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2020.109273.

Zhang, L. and Chen, J.Y. Comparative Study on Compressional Recovery Performance of Vertically-Laid and Cross-Laid Highloft Nonwovens. Journal of Industrial Textiles, May 16, 2020, https://doi-org.ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/10.1177/1528083720925828.

Bian, H., Tu, P., and Chen, J.Y. Fabrication of All-Cellulose Nanocomposites from Corn Stalk. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, May 9, 2020, https://doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.10476.

Wilson, A.C., Chou, S.F., Lozano, R., Chen, J.Y., and Neuenschwander, P.F. Thermal and Physico-Mechanical Characterizations of Thromboresistant Polyurethane Films. Bioengineering, 2019, 6(3), 69. https://doi.org/10.3390/bioengineering6030069.

Luo, W., Cheng, L., Yuan, C., Wu, Z., Yuan, G., Hou, M., Chen, J.Y., Luo, C., and Li, W. Preparation, characterization and evaluation of cellulose nanocrystal/poly(lactic acid) in situ nanocomposite scaffolds for tissue engineering. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 134(2019), 469-479.

Li, X., Zhang, A., Jiang, G., Cong, H., and Chen, J.Y.  Modeling and realization for appearance visualization of Textronic laces. Textile Research Journal, 2019, 89(21-22), 4526-4536.

R. J. Lozano‑Escárcega, M. G. Sánchez‑Anguiano, T. Serrano, J. Y. Chen, and I. Gómez. Synthesis of unsaturated polyester resin from waste cellulose and polyethylene terephthalate. Polymer Bulletin, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00289-018-2576-7.

Luo, W., Li, X., and Chen, J.Y. All-Fabric Flexible Supercapacitor for Energy Storage. Journal of Industrial Textiles, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1177/1528083718804208.

Liu, Y., Edwards, J.V., Prevost, N., Huang, Y. and Chen, J.Y.  Physico- and Bio-Activities of Nanoscale Regenerated Cellulose Nonwoven Immobilized with Lysozyme. Materials Science & Engineering: C Materials for Biological Applications, 2018, 91, 389-394. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2018.05.061.

Li, X., Jiang, G., Zhang, A., and Chen, J.Y. A photograph-based approach for visual simulation of wrapped Jacquardtronic lace. Textile Research Journal, 2018, 88(23), 2654-2664. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517517729386.

Huang, Y. and Chen, J.Y. All-carbon cord-yarn supercapacitor. Journal of Industrial Textiles, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/1528083717699370.

Liu, Y., Nguyen, A., Allen, A., Zoldan, J., Huang, Y., and Chen, J.Y. Regenerated cellulose micro-nano fiber matrices for transdermal drug release. Materials Science & Engineering: C Materials for Biological Applications, 2017, 74, 485-492. DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2016.12.048.

Chen, J.Y, Sun, L., Negulescu, I.I., and Xu, B. Fabrication and Evaluation of Regenerated Cellulose/Nanoparticle Fibers from Lignocellulosic Biomass. Biomass and Bioenergy, 2017, Vol 101, 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.03.024.

Huang, Y., Liu, Y., Zhao, G., and Chen, J.Y. Sustainable activated carbon fiber from wood sawdust by reactivation for high-performance supercapacitors. Journal of Materials Science, 2017, 52, 478-488.

Huang, Y., Peng, L., Liu, Y., Zhao, G., Chen, Y.J., and Yu, G. Biobased nano porous active carbon fibers for high-performance supercapacitors. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2016, 8(24), 10205-10215. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b02214.

Liu, Y. and Chen, J.Y. Enzyme immobilization on cellulose matrixes. Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers. 2016, 31(6), 553-567. doi: 10.1177/0883911516637377.

Vinogradova, Y.S. and Chen, J.Y. Micron- and Nano-Cellulose Fiber Generated from Ionic Liquid. The Journal of The Textile Institute, 2015. DOI: 10.1080/00405000.2015.1040693.

Hao, A., Yuan, L., and Chen, J.Y. Notch Effects and Crack Propagation Analysis on Kenaf/Polypropylene Nonwoven Composites. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 73(2015), 11-19.

Sun, L., Chen, J.Y., Jiang, W., and Lynch, V. Crystalline Characteristics of Cellulose Fiber and Film Regenerated from Ionic Liquid Solution. Carbohydrate Polymers, 118(2015), 150-155.

Chen, J.Y., Sun, L., Jiang, W., and Lynch, V. Antimicrobial regenerated cellulose/nano-silver fiber without leaching. Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers, 2015, 30(1), 17-33. DOI: 10.1177/0883911514556960.

Chen, J.Y. Chapter 4  Man-made fibres: regenerated cellulose fibres. in Textiles and fashion: materials, design and technology, Rose Sinclair Ed. Woodhead Publishing Ltd., Cambridge, England. 2015. Pp 79-95.

Fellow of The Textile Institute (2014)

Faculty Research Award of LSU School of Human Ecology (2005)

Faculty Service Award of LSU School of Human Ecology (2003)

Faculty Research Award of LSU School of Human Ecology (1999)

Gamma Sigma Delta the Honor Society of Agriculture (2000)

Co-author of the award-winning paper, Fabrication and Finishing of Nonwoven Blankets from Recycled Fiber, AATCC International Conference & Exhibition Technical Paper Competition, October 21, 2001, Greenville, SC.

Co-author of the award-winning paper, Natural Colored Cotton for Specialty Textile Products, AATCC International Conference & Exhibition Technical Paper Competition, October 13, 1999, Charlotte, NC.

Co-author of the award-winning paper, Performance of Flame Retardant and Water Repellent Finishes for Kenaf/Cotton Blended Fabrics, in the AATCC International Technical Paper Competition, Sept. 28, 1997, Atlanta, GA.

Recent Presentations

Chen, J.Y. Functional Biomaterials from Lignocellulose Biomass. Guest seminar in the Department of Chemistry and Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University, November 8, 2019, Pittsburg, KS. (Invited speaker)

Chen, J.Y. Textiles for Public Healthcare. The School of Human Ecology 2019 Lectureship Series, November 5, 2019, Austin, TX. (Invited speaker)

Chen, J.Y. Revitalizing the Apparel Industry through Innovative Research, Education, and Entrepreneurship. The School of Human Ecology Council Meeting, October 28, 2019, Austin, TX. (Faculty speaker)

Zhang, L. and Chen, J.Y. Comparative Study on Structure, Compression and Acoustic Properties of Vertically Lapped Nonwovens and Traditional Cross-laid Nonwovens. Oral presentation at the Fiber Society Fall 2019 Technical Meeting and Conference, October 29, 2019, Austin, TX.

Bian, H. and Chen, J.Y. Fabrication of All-Cellulose Nanocomposites from Corn Stalk. Poster presentation at the Fiber Society Fall 2019 Technical Meeting and Conference, October 28-29, 2019, Austin, TX.

Chen, J.Y. UT Research Team Capabilities. Poster presentation at the AFFOA’s 2019 Member Event hosted by the PA Fabric Discovery Center at Drexel University Center for Functional Fabrics. September 12, 2019, Philadelphia, PA.

Chen, J.Y. Functional Nonwoven for Talking Flashlight Technology. Demo presentation at the IPC E-Textiles Exhibit, September 10-11, 2019, Philadelphia, PA.

Chen, J.Y. and Luo, W. Fabric Supercapacitor for Energy Storage. Oral presentation at the Fiber Society 2019 Spring Conference, May 21-23, 2019, Hong Kong, China.

Chen, J.Y., Polston, K., Nicols, E., Phung, B., Mosnia, C., and Bushee, A. Establishment of Cotton Recycling Systems for Solid Waste Reduction and Fashion Sustainability Enhancement. Poster presentation at 7th Annual Texas Regional Alliance for Campus Sustainability Summit (TRACS), February 18, 2019, Austin, TX.

Chen, J.Y. and Liu, Y. Cotton Recycling for Making New Functional Fiber. Oral presentation at the Fiber Society 2018 Fall Conference, October 29-31, 2018, Davis, CA.

Chen, J.Y. Green Fibers for Sustainable and Functional Textile Development. UT College of Natural Sciences Dean’s Scholars Honors Program, July 20, 2018, Austin, TX. (Invited speaker)

Huang, Y., Chen, J.Y., and Zhao, G. Carbon-Based Yarn Supercapacitor for Energy Storage. The Fiber Society Spring 2018 Conference, June 12-14, 2018, Tokyo, Japan.

Chen, J.Y. Can AI Help Renaissance of Fabric Hand Evaluation? Jiangnan University International Forum on Knitted Shaping Technology, May 29-30, 2018, Wuxi, China. (Invited speaker)

Chen, J.Y. Green Fiber for Sustainable and Functional Material Development. UT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Learning Activities for Mature People (LAMP) Program, April 4, 2018, Austin, TX. (Invited speaker)

Chen, J.Y., Luo, W., and Li, X.  Fabric Supercapacitor for Solar Energy Harvesting and Storage. Poster presentation at 2017 Defense Innovation Technology Acceleration Challenges, October 3-5, 2017, Tampa, FL.

Chen, J.Y. Fabric Supercapacitor for Solar Energy harvesting and Storage. Prototype demo at MD5 Hackathon Cambridge S17¾Saving Lives with Smart Fabrics, July 28-30, 2017, Cambridge, MA.

Chen, J.Y. The University of Texas at Austin Team Capabilities. Poster presentation at AFFOA Project Call Day at MIT, December 15-16, 2016, Cambridge, MA.

Liu, Y., Nguyen, A. and Chen, J.Y. Regenerated Cellulose nanofiber Nonwoven as Biomaterial. XXV International Materials Research Congress 2016, Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales (SMM) and Materials Research Society (MRS), August 17, 2016, Cancun, Mexico.

Chen, J.Y. Innovative Fiber and Textile Research at University of Texas at Austin. Poster presentation at AFFOA DOD RFT-MII Award Reception. MIT, March 31, 2016, Cambridge, MA.

Chen, J.Y. Conversion of Cellulose Biomass into Activated Carbon Fiber for Energy Storage. 14th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites, and Biorefining. University of Guelph, June 2, 2016, Guelph, Canada. (keynote speaker)


TXA 214K Product Development

TXA 260L Advanced Textiles (current)

TXA 260M Advanced Textiles Laboratory (current)

TXA 205 Textiles

TXA 105L Textiles Laboratory 

TXA 365 Maymester China’s role in globalization of textile manufacture and fashion retailing

NSC 109 Maymester Seminar

TXA 394 Specialty Fiber/Textile Matarials

TXA 395 Textile Numerical Modeling

TXA 392 Research Problem in Textile and Apparel Technology