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Advisory Council Member Faculty

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Huantian Cao
Director of Graduate Studies
Co-Director of Sustainable Apparel Initiative
University of Delaware
303 Alison Hall South
Newark, DE 19716


PhD, University of Georgia

MS, University of Georgia

MS, China Textile University (now Donghua University)

BS, China Textile University (now Donghua University)

Courses Regularly Taught

Fundamentals of textiles I

Fundamentals of textiles II

Producing environmentally responsible apparel

Representative Publications

Park, H., Peksoz, S., Branson, D., An, S. K., & Cao, H. (2012). An investigation of microclimate change under body armor using thermal manikin and wireless sensors. AATCC Review, 12(3/4), 69-72.

Nam, J., Branson, D. H., Ashdown, S., Cao, H., & Carnrite, E., (2011). Analysis of cross sectional ease values and fit of liquid cooled vests from 3D body scan data taken in working positions. International Journal of Human Ecology, 12(1), 87-99.

Jin, B., Swinney, J., Cao, H., Muske, G., Nam, J., & Kang, J. H. (2011). Doing business with China: Curriculum internationalization through an infusion method. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 48(2), 171-181.

Gam, H. J., Cao, H., Bennett, J., Helmkamp, C., Farr, C. (2011). Application of design for disassembly in men's jacket: A study on sustainable apparel design. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 23(2/3), 83-94.

Mao, Q., Zhang, L., Huang, D., Wang, D., Huang, Y., Xu, H., Cao, H., & Mao, Z., (2011). Preparation and characterization of flame retardant lamellar Mg(OH)2 thin films on citric acid modified cotton fabrics. Surface and Interface Analysis, 43(5), 903-912.

Gam, H. J., Cao, H., Farr, C., & Kang, M., (2010). Quest for the eco-apparel market: A study of mothers' willingness to purchase organic cotton clothing for their children. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34(6), 648-656.

Gam, H. J., Cao, H., Farr, C., & Heine, L. (2009). C2CAD: A sustainable apparel design and production model. International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology, 21(4), 166-179.

Honors and Awards

ITAA 2005 Lectra Innovation Award for Faculty Research.

US EPA 2011 P3 (People, Prosperity and the Planet) Award

Research Interests

Sustainable textile and apparel design and production

Textile comfort performance

Protective clothing



Integrating sustainable textile and apparel concepts into FASH undergraduate curriculumCao, Huantian;Carper, Martha;Dickson, Marsha;Cobb, Kelly;Shaffer, Brendahcao;mcarper;mdickson;kcobb;bshaffer

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  • Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
  • 211 Alison Hall West
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8714
  • United States Fashion Industry Association