Rachel McQueen

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
rachel.mcqueen@ualberta.ca
Address
335 Human Ecology Building
8905 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2N1

Overview

About

Job/Research Area

 Textile Science

Dr. McQueen in the News 

Clothing you don’t have to wash, explained - Vox.com

Choosing the environment over your laundry - CBC News

Here’s why gym clothes smell so rank – and how to freshen them up - Popular Science

Reduce your carbon footprint by washing your jeans less often: U of A researcher - Edmonton Journal

My Sweaty Valentine - Scientific American

Polyester shirts bad summer choice... - Edmonton Journal 

Jeans Remain Surprising Clean After a Year of Wear - University of Alberta News

Anti-Odor Workout Clothes May Not Actually Work - Cosmopolitan


Research

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

Rachel McQueen’s primary research focus relates to the development and retention of odour in textiles. This involves the development of methods to examine the growth of skin microflora within textiles, interaction of odorous molecules with textile fibres and sensory detection of body odour emanating from fabrics. Her research takes a holistic approach involving human wear trials to collect body odour on fabrics, in addition to investigating the development of laboratory-based test methods in order to reliably assess proposed odour-control technologies in the textile industry. Other research interests include moisture transport through textiles and assessment of user needs toward improving clothing comfort and protection in the workplace. Previously, her research included the investigation of decontamination of pesticides from clothing and the degradation of chemical protective clothing due to decontamination practices.


Teaching

Graduate Students

  • Sara Vaezafshar (MSc)
  • Lauren Degenstein (MSc)

Courses

HECOL 170 - Introduction to Textiles

An introductory exploration of the origin, creation and use of textiles in our world. Chemical and physical properties of fibres and fabrics are introduced and an understanding of how these properties influence various clothing and textile end uses is developed.

Fall Term 2020
HECOL 673 - Textile and Apparel Science

Modules on laboratory and field research, fibre theory, soiling and detergency, colour theory and measurement, comfort and protection theory and measurement, as well as other topics related to a student's specific research area. May be taken more than once for credit.

Fall Term 2020
HECOL 900 - Directed Research Project

Comprises the capping exercise for the course-based Masters programs. Requirements include conducting an applied research project, and both a written project report and an oral presentation to the Department, and where appropriate, to relevant practising professionals.

Fall Term 2020

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Publications

Fashion sensitive young consumers and fashion garment repair: Emotional connections to garments as a sustainability strategy
Author(s): L S McNeill, R P Hamlin, R H McQueen, L Degenstein, T C Garrett, L Dunn, S Wakes
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: International Journal of Consumer Studies
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12572
Odor in textiles: A review of evaluation methods, fabric characteristics, and odor control technologies
Author(s): R H McQueen, S Vaezafshar
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Textile Research Journal
Volume: 90
Issue: 9-10
Page Numbers: 1157-1173
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517519883952
Retention and release of odorants in cotton and polyester fabrics following multiple soil/wash procedures
Author(s): M M Abdul-Bari, R H McQueen, A P de la Mata, J J Harynuk, J C Batcheller
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Textile Research Journal
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517520914411
Waste not want not: Behavioural intentions toward garment life extension practices, the role of damage, brand and cost on textile disposal.
Author(s): L S McNeill, R P Hamlin, R H McQueen, L Degenstein, S Wakes, T C Garrett, L Dunn
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Journal of Cleaner Production
Volume: 260
Page Numbers: 121026
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2020.121026
Synthetic clothing and the problem with odor: Comparison of nylon and polyester fabrics
Author(s): Abdul-Bari, M. M., McQueen, R. H., Nguyen, H., Wismer, W. V., de la Mata, A. P., Harynuk, J. J.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Clothing and Textiles Research Journal
Volume: 36
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 251-266
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1177/0887302X18772099
Can common finishing treatments used in chef jacket fabrics improve protection against scald injury?
Author(s): Devarajan, S., McQueen, R. H., & Wen, S.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Fashion and Textiles
Volume: 4
Issue: 19
External Link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40691-017-0103-3
From clothing to laundry water: Investigating the fate of phthalates, brominated flame retardants, and organophosphate esters
Author(s): Saini, A., Thaysen, C., Jantunen, L., McQueen, R. H., & Diamond, M. L.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Environmental Science & Technology
Volume: 50
Issue: 17
Page Numbers: 9289-9297
External Link: http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.6b02038
New analytical method for assessing moisture transport
Author(s): Furtak, N. T., McQueen, R. H., Nychka, J. A., Furtak, T. M.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: The Journal of the Textile Institute
External Link: http://textile.ualberta.ca/www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00405000.2015.1134892
Reducing laundering frequency to prolong the life of denim jeans
Author(s): McQueen, R. H., Batcheller, J. C., Moran, L. J., Zhang, H., & Hooper, P. M.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: International Journal of Consumer Studies
Volume: 0
Page Numbers: 1-10
External Link: http://doi.org/10.1111/ijcs.12311
Characterization of textiles used in chefs’ uniforms for protection against thermal hazards encountered in the kitchen environment
Author(s): Zhang, H., McQueen, R. H., Batcheller, J. C., Ehnes, B., & Paskaluk, S.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Volume: 59
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 1058-1073
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/annhyg/mev034
Clothing in the kitchen: Evaluation of fabric performance for protection against hot surface contact, hot liquid and low-pressure steam burns
Author(s): Zhang, H., McQueen, R. H., Batcheller, J. C., Paskaluk, S. & Murtaza, G.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Textile Research Journal 85
Volume: 20
Page Numbers: 2136-2146

Axillary odor build-up in knit fabrics following multiple use cycles
Author(s): McQueen, R. H., Harynuk, J. J., Wismer, W. V., Keelan, M., Xu, Y., & de la Mata, P.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 274-290
External Link: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0955-6222&show=latest&
In vivo assessment of antimicrobial-treated textiles on skin microflora
Author(s): Walter, N., McQueen, R. H., & Keelan, M.
Publication Date: 2014
Publication: International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology,
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 330-342
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJCST-12-2012-0078
A preliminary study on the collection and detection of axillary odor within textiles
Author(s): Xu, Y., McQueen, R.H., & Wismer, W.V.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management,
Volume: 8
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 1-13
External Link: http://ojs.cnr.ncsu.edu/index.php/JTATM/article/download/3940/2533
Development of a protocol to assess fabric suitability for testing liquid moisture transport properties
Author(s): McQueen, R. H., Batcheller, J. C., Mah, T., & Hooper, P. M.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume: 104
Issue: 8
Page Numbers: 900-905
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/00405000.2013.764755
In vivo assessment of odour retention in an antimicrobial silver chloride-treated polyester textile
Author(s): McQueen, R. H., Keelan, M., Xu, Y., & Mah, T.
Publication Date: 2013
Publication: Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume: 104
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 108-117
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00405000.2012.697623
Effect of washing and drying on liquid moisture transport properties for knit fabrics
Author(s): McQueen, R. H., Batcheller, J.C., Olsen, S. E., Hooper, P. M.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: AATCC Review
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 71-79
External Link: http://www.aatcc.org/media/a2review/TOC/Jan12-AATCCrev-TOC.pdf
Establishing thermal comfort: Characterization of selected performance and physical properties of fabrics used in hospital operating room uniforms
Author(s): Xu, Y., McQueen, R. H., Strickfaden, M., Aslund, A., Batcheller, J. C.
Publication Date: 2012
Publication: Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume: 103
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 698-705
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/00405000.2011.602229
Odour control of medical textiles
Author(s): McQueen, R. H.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: Handbook of Medical Textiles
Page Numbers: 387-416

Determination of antimicrobial efficacy for textile products against odor-causing bacteria
Author(s): McQueen, R. H., Keelan, M., & Kannayiram, S
Publication Date: 2010
Publication: AATCC Review
Volume: 10
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 58-63

Retention of axillary odour on apparel fabrics
Author(s): McQueen, R.H., Laing, R.M., Delahunty, C.M., Brooks, H.J.L., Niven, B.E.
Publication Date: 2008
Publication: The Journal of the Textile Institute
Volume: 99
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 515-523
External Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00405000701659774
Odor intensity in apparel fabrics and the link with bacterial populations
Author(s): McQueen, R.H., Laing, R.M., Brooks, H.J.L., Niven, B.E.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Textile Research Journal
Volume: 77
Issue: 7
Page Numbers: 449-456
External Link: http://trj.sagepub.com/content/77/7/449.abstract
Odor retention on apparel fabrics: development of test methods for sensory detection
Author(s): McQueen, R.H., Laing, R.M., Niven, B.E., Delahunty, C.M., Wilson, C. A.
Publication Date: 2007
Publication: Textile Research Journal
Volume: 77
Issue: 9
Page Numbers: 645-652
External Link: http://trj.sagepub.com/content/77/9/645.abstract
Revising the definition of satisfactory performance for chemical protection for agricultural workers
Author(s): McQueen, R.H., Laing, R.M., Niven, B.E., Webster, J
Publication Date: 2000
Publication: Performance of Protective Clothing Issues and Priorities for the 21st century
Volume: 7
Issue: ASTM STP 1386
Page Numbers: 102-116

From air to clothing: characterizing the accumulation of semi-volatile organic compounds to fabrics in indoor environments
Author(s): Saini, A., Okeme, J. O., Parnis, J. M., McQueen, R. H., & Diamond, M. L.
Publication: Indoor Air
Volume: 27
Issue: 3
Page Numbers: 631-641
External Link: http://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12328
The impact of odour on laundering behaviour: An exploratory study
Author(s): R H McQueen, L J Moran, C Cunningham, P M Hooper, K A-M Wakefield
Publication: International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 20-30
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/17543266.2019.1682687