Dr. Patricia Dolez is an Assistant Professor in Textile Science in the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Alberta. She holds an engineering degree in Materials Science and a Ph.D. in Physics. Her expertise includes textiles, polymers, and composites. She is especially interested in the application of nanotechnologies, smart textiles, natural fibres, and recycled materials in personal protective equipment and other textile-based products as well as in the aging behavior of protective materials. Her research in the area of nanotechnologies includes the development of graphene-based end-of-life sensors for fire protective fabrics and multifunctionalized dual-electrospun nanocomposite nano-fibrous webs for protection against chemical and biological hazards.
Dr. Dolez has authored more than 100 articles in books, scientific and technical journals, and conference proceedings. She is also the editor of a book entitled “Nanoengineering: Global Approaches to Health & Safety Issues” published in 2015 by Elsevier, and co-editor of a book entitled "Advanced Characterization and Testing of Textiles" published in 2017 also by Elsevier. She is a member of the Canadian mirror committee on ISO/TC 229 on nanotechnologies and chairs the Canadian mirror committee on ISO/TC 94 SC13 on protective clothing. She is the Vice-President of the Institute of Textile Science.