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Rachel McQueen

Associate Professor

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Human Ecology

About Me

Job/Research Area

 Textile Science

Dr. McQueen in the News 

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

Awards

  • 2010 - 2011 - Teacher of the Year Award. Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences. University of Alberta.   
  • 2010 - J. W. Weaver Award for Paper of the Year published in the AATCC Review 2010 “Determination of Antimicrobial Efficacy for Textile Products against Odor-causing Bacteria”
  • 2008 - 2012 - Support of the Advancement of Scholarship (SAS) Grant, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences
  • 2007 - University of Otago, Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional PhD theses
  • 2004 - Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, New Zealand, Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship 

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. 

Conferences Proceedings 

  • McQueen, R., Jalbani, S., & Batcheller, J. Effect of Relative Humidity on Liquid Transport Properties in Merino Wool Knit Fabrics (2012), International Textiles & Apparel Association (ITAA) Proceedings, Vol 69, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 2012.
  • Ehnes, B., McQueen, R & Strickfaden, M. (2012). Culinary Clothing and Safety: Kitchen Uniforms as Personal Protective Equipment, International Textiles & Apparel Association (ITAA) Proceedings, Vol 69, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 2012.
  • McQueen, R., Harynuk, J., Wismer, W., Xu, Y., de la Mata, P., Ng, S. (2012). Build-up of Axillary Malodor in Cotton and Polyester Clothing with Multiple Use, International Textiles & Apparel Association (ITAA) Proceedings, Vol 69, Honolulu, Hawaii, November, 2012.
  • Xu, Y., McQueen, R., & Wismer, W. (2012). Odour evaluation on antimicrobial treated fabrics – An assessment of test method. BIFT-ITAA Joint Symposium Book of Papers, Edited by M. Littrell, China Textile & Apparel Press, Beijing, China March 25-30, 2012. (pp. 138-141).
  • Walter, N., & McQueen, R. (2011). Evaluation of antimicrobial-treated textiles on normal skin microflora, International Textiles & Apparel Association (ITAA) Proceedings, Vol 68, Philadelphia, PA, 2-6 November, 2011. 
  • Ehnes, B., McQueen, R., & Moran, L. (2011). An exploratory study on the perception of odor on clothing, International Textiles & Apparel Association (ITAA) Proceedings, Vol 68, Philadelphia, PA, 2-6 November, 2011.
  • Xu, Y., McQueen., R., Strickfaden, M., & Batcheller, J. (2010). Thermal Properties of Hospital Uniforms, International Textiles & Apparel Association (ITAA) Proceedings, Vol 67. Montreal, 27-30 October 2010.
  • Strickfaden, M., Aslund, A., & McQueen, R., (2010). Towards Improving the Thermal Comfort of Service Workers in the OR, ITAA Proceedings, Vol. 67, Montreal, Quebec 27 October – 30 October.
  • McQueen, R., Collard, B., & Keelan, M. (2010). Development of methods to monitor changes in skin bacterial populations to assess the effect of fabrics. AATCC Book of Papers, AATCC International Conference & Exhibition, Atlanta, GA, 18-20 May, 2010, pp. 180-190.
  • McQueen, R.H., Laing, R.M., Niven, B.E. (2006). Determining body odour in knit fabrics. 3rd European Conference on Protective Clothing (ECPC) Protective Clothing - Towards Balanced Protection, Gdynia, Poland. 10-12 May 2006.

Teaching

Graduate Students

  • Nicole Furtak (PhD)
  • Mohammed Abdul-Bari (MSc)
  • Mariko Wakefield (MSc)
  • Sara Vaezafshar (MSc)