Patricia Dolez, PhD, PEng

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept

Contact

Associate Professor, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Human Ecology Dept
Email
pdolez@ualberta.ca
Address
331 Human Ecology Building
8905 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2N1

Overview

Area of Study / Keywords

Textile Science Materials Engineering Protective Clothing


About

My research is focused on protective clothing/ personal protective equipment (PPE) and industrial applications, as well as knowledge transfer to the next generation and the industry: it is rooted in an interdisciplinary approach that involves collaborations across multiple disciplines and partnerships with the industry and end-users. What motivates me is sharing my passion for innovation and team work.

Other activities

President, the Institute of Textile Science (www.textilesciences.com)

Chair, Canadian Advisory Committee on ISO/TC94 SC13 (protective clothing)

Member, Canadian Advisory Committees on ISO/TC94 SC14 (firefighters’ protective equipment) and ISO/TC229 (nanotechnologies)

Adjunct Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, École de technologie supérieure, Montréal


Research

Research interests: Protective clothing, Occupational safety and health, Nanotechnologies, Smart textiles, Natural fibres, and Recycled Materials


Teaching

Teaching areas: Protective clothing, Nanotechnologies, Smart Textiles, Textile Science


Announcements

Development of the research and training platform “Sustainable Innovation for Clothing, Textiles, and PPE: A Triadic Perspective”. It is aimed at enhancing knowledge; developing new tools, materials, designs and constructions; and providing training for end-users and the next generation of researchers in clothing, textiles, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The ultimate goal is for technology to enhance the lives of people by improving wellbeing and providing protection and comfort. 

Courses

HECOL 470 - Advanced Materials for Protective Clothing

Students explore advanced materials for protective clothing. Resistance of textiles to mechanical, thermal, chemical, biological, and electrical hazards as well as questions of durability and comfort are discussed with an emphasis on current research. The course describes phenomena and mechanisms involved, presents appropriate materials and structures, and depicts the relevant test methods. Prerequisite: HECOL 370 or consent of instructor.


HECOL 501 - Independent Project in Human Ecology

Independent study of a topic in human ecology planned by the student in consultation with the Instructor. Independent studies may be taken more than once for credit.


HECOL 550 - Selected Topics in Human Ecology

Topics of current interest. May be taken for credit more than once. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.


HECOL 570 - Advanced Materials for Protective Clothing

Students explore advanced materials for protective clothing. Resistance of textiles to mechanical, thermal, chemical, biological, and electrical hazards as well as questions of durability and comfort are discussed with an emphasis on current research. The course describes phenomena and mechanisms involved, presents appropriate materials and structures, and depicts the relevant test methods. Not to be taken if credit received for HECOL 470.


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Scholarly Activities

Research - Development of self-decontaminating protective clothing and masks

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a rude reminder of the difficulty in controlling the propagation of viruses. If protective clothing and masks currently used by medical personnel can protect them from being exposed, the contaminated protective equipment can still act as a vector for viruses and bacteria and lead to the contamination of other patients, other medical personnel and personal objects/family members. Self-decontaminating personal protective equipment could prevent this issue. 

Protective clothing neutralizing chemical and biological agents upon contact also offer an interesting strategy to avoid issues with filter materials getting clogged and toxic agents contaminating unprotected people nearby. The self-decontaminating membrane can even be breathable, increasing the protective clothing wearer's comfort.


Research - Development of testing & quality control methods for e-textiles

E-textiles have massive potentials to change the health care, safety, and protection industries due to their unique capability to sense physiological and environmental conditions, alert about a potential issue, and mitigate the change in conditions. However, the current e-textile industry is facing some limitations as universal testing and quality control standards are necessary further market grown.

This project aims at developing reliable, robust, and universal test methods to assess the efficiency, safety and durability of e-textiles.


Research - Development of tools to monitor and predict the aging behaviour of fire protective textile materials

High performance materials and textile structures are used to manufacture protective clothing for people exposed to heat and flame, for instance firefighters and workers in the oil and gas industry. However, if the performance of the clothing is assessed in the new condition, the understanding of the effect of the various aging conditions (UV, heat, moisture, steam, abrasion, laundering, etc.) the materials will be exposed to during the lifetime of the clothing is still limited. In addition, the worker has no way to assess if the residual level of performance of his clothing is still sufficient to protect him for the hazards associated with his tasks. 

The objectives of the research are thus to gain a better understanding of the effect of aging conditions on the performance of protective clothing materials over time as well as develop predictive (using models) and/or indicative (using sensors) strategies to evaluate the residual performance of protective clothing as a result of use. 


Featured Publications

Munevar-Ortiz L., Batcheller J., Dolez P.I.

Journal of Testing and Evaluation. 2021 November; 10.1520/JTE20210357


Cho C, Nam SL, de la Mata PA, Harynuk JJ, Elias A, Chung H-J, Dolez PI

J Appl Polym Sci. 2021 November; 10.1002/app.51955


Dolez, PI

Sensors. 2021 September; 21 10.3390/s21186297


Degenstein LM, Sameoto D, Hogan JD, Asad A, Dolez PI

Micromachines. 2021 June; 12 (7):773 (29p.) 10.3390/mi12070773


Shuvo II, Decaens J, Lachapelle D, Dolez P I

Textiles for Functional Applications. 2021 March; 10.5772/intechopen.91596


Applications of smart textiles in occupational health and safety

Dolez PI, Decaens J, Buns T, Lachapelle D, Vermeersch O.

IOP Conf. Series: Materials Science and Engineering. 2020 January; 827


Resistance of Fire Protective Fabrics to Repeated Launderings

Dolez P, Malajati Y

Performance of Protective Clothing and Equipment: Innovative Solutions to Evolving Challenges. ASTM International. 2020 January; STP 1624


Compatibilizer polarity parameters as tools for predicting organoclay dispersion in polyolefin nanocomposites

Weltrowskia M, Dolez PI

J Nanotechnol. 2019 January; 2019


Application of nanomaterials in textile coatings and finishes

Dolez PI

Nanomaterials-Based Coatings: Fundamentals and Applications, Nguyen-Tri, Rtimi, Ouellet Plamondon (Eds.), Elsevier. 2019 January;


Electrical conduction of reduced graphene oxide coated meta-aramid textile and its evolution under aging conditions

Cho C, Elias A, Batcheller J, Dolez P, Chung H-J

J Ind Text.. 2019 January; doi: 10.1177/ 1528083719869387


On the contribution of yarn-yarn slippage to woven fabric failure

Triki E, Dolez PI

J Text I. 2019 January;


Filtering performances of 20 protective fabrics against solid aerosols.

Wingert L, Cloutier Y, Hallé S, Bahloul B, Tessier D, Giraudel J-L, Dolez P, Tuduri L

J Occup Environ Hyg. 2019 January; 16 (8):592-606


A quantitative method to compare the effect of thermal aging on the mechanical performance of fire protective fabrics

Dolez PI, Tomer NS, Malajati Y

J Appl Polym Sci.. 2018 January; 136


Dolez P.I., Izquierdo V.

In Book: Advanced characterization and testing of textiles. Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL. 2017 January;


Arfaoui M. A., Dolez P. I., Dubé M., David É.

Applied Surface Science. 2017 January; 397


Bourgès-Gastaud S., Dolez P., Blond E, Touze-Foltz N.

Minerals Engineering. 2017 January; 100


Dolez P.

In Book: Nano Engineering: Global Approaches to Health & Safety Issues, Elsevier, Amsterdam, NL. 2015 January;


Vinches L., de Santa Barbara J., Hallé S., Dolez P., Wilkinson K. J.

International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Nanotechnology. 2013 January; 1 (2):1-16


Nguyen C. T., Dolez P. I., Vu-Khanh T., Gauvin C., Lara J.

Plastics, Rubber and Composites. 2013 January; 42 (5):187-193


Arrieta C., David E., Dolez P., Vu-Khanh T.

Polymer degradation and Stability. 2011 January; 96 (8):1411-1419