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Odour in Textiles

The primary focus of our research involves investigating the development and retention of odour within textiles. This includes understanding the mechanisms of how odourants bind within textile fibres, how odour can be controlled as well as the relationship between odour-causing microflora with textiles (this includes both antimicrobial-treated, and textiles not treated with antimicrobials). We are investigating methods, both instrumental (e.g., measurement of chemical volatiles and potential precursors to odour) and sensory, to collect and measure the intensity and type of odourants which may emanate from textiles following use. 

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Related Publications

de la Mata, A. P., McQueen, R. H., Nam, S. L., & Harynuk, J. (2017). Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatographic profiling and chemometric interpretation of the volatile profiles of sweat in knit fabrics, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 409(7), 1905-1913.


McQueen, R. H., Harynuk, J. J., Wismer, W. V., Keelan, M., Xu, Y., & de la Mata, P., (2014). Axillary odour build-up in knit fabrics following multiple use cycles. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 26(4), 274-290.

Walter, N., McQueen, R. H., & Keelan, M. (2014). In vivo assessment of antimicrobial-treated textiles on skin microflora. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 26(4), 330-342.

Xu, Y., McQueen, R.H., & Wismer, W.V. (2013). A preliminary study on the collection and detection of axillary odor within textiles. Journal of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management, 8(3), 1-13.

McQueen, R. H., Keelan, M., Xu, Y., & Mah, T. (2013). In vivo assessment of odour retention in an antimicrobial silver chloride-treated polyester textile, The Journal of the Textile Institute, 104(1), 108-117.

McQueen, R. H. (2011). Odour control of medical textiles. In V. T. Bartels (Ed.), Handbook of Medical Textiles (pp. 387-416). Cambridge: Woodhead Publishing Ltd.

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

McQueen, R.H., Laing, R. M., Delahunty, C. M., Brooks, H. J. L., & Niven, B. E. (2008). Retention of axillary odour on apparel fabrics, Journal of the Textile Institute, 99(6): 515-523.

McQueen, R. H., Laing, R. M., Niven, B. E., Delahunty, C. M., & Wilson, C. A. (2007). Odor retention on apparel fabrics: development of test methods for sensory detection, Textile Research Journal, 77(9): 645-652.

McQueen, R. H., Laing, R. M., Brooks, H. J. L., & Niven, B. E. (2007). Odor intensity in apparel fabrics and the link with bacterial populations, Textile Research Journal, 77(7): 449-456.