Sensor can help detect when firefighters’ protective clothing is no longer safe

Firefighters risk their lives battling blazes, and aging protective gear can put them at even greater risk. Patricia Dolez (Human Ecology) is working with industry to reduce that risk with a sensor that can detect the gradual breakdown in garments from exposure to heat, moisture and…

U of A researchers developing fabric treatment for protective wear that kills viruses on contact

Textile scientist Patricia Dolez (Human Ecology) is leading research on “self-decontaminating” medical gowns and masks that could also be washed and reused.