Textile and Clothing Technology

Hochschule Niederrhein. Your way.

Research and Development

Application-oriented research is of high importance at the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology. It is an important driver of an intensive collaboration with the industry as well as of high quality education, especially in  the Master degree programs. 

Overcoming boundaries

As diverse as the offer of teaching are also the executed research and development projects. Organizationally this ranges from huge externally-funded projects to a variety of specific innovations in companies within the scope of final theses. Concerning the content, the whole textile chain is covered ranging from the fibre to the final manufactured textile and its commercialisation on the market. According to the university's mission statement "Overcoming boundaries" the faculty applies its broadly established competences in order to create new developments, even at the particularly interesting interfaces in between disciplines. 

Fields of research 

Some examples of fields of research are listed. 

  • New innovative textile structures are developed in order to realise an increased protective function with the help of three-dimensionally formed fabrics. Three-dimensional knittings and knitted fabrics are integrated in learning supportive clothing. 
  • Nano-technological finishings support fabrics that have incredible functionalities. Luminous elements and coatings provide astonishing functions and aesthetics to the fabrics.   
  • Made-to-measure clothing follows the increasing trend of individualisation in the challenging field of women's outerwear. RFID technology revolutionises the logistics of clothing manufacturing.
  • Computer-aided design and simulation of a product have become indispensable. 
  • New technologies at the point of sales and in e-business deliver the products to the customers in new ways.  



Research Institute for Textile and Clothing - FTB

Organisationally, the faculty bundles its most important research activities in the institute "FTB - Research Institute for Textile and Clothing".

On the homepage of the "FTB - Research Institute for Textile and Clothing" you can receive information about the institute, our recent publications and current information. You can obtain an overview of our research topics as well as of our current and completed projects on the pages of the individual research focuses. There, you will also find the respective contact for professional questions or project proposals.

You can contact the individual professors and employees via the list of staff at the institute; general telephone numbers via which you can contact the management of the institute, the secretary or the rooms of the institute can be found on the contact page.



Research Institute for Textile and Clothing (FTB)
Webschulstraße 31
D-41065 Mönchengladbach
Telephone: +49 (0)2161  186 6099
Fax:       +49 (0)2161 186-6013
Mail: ftb(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head of the Institute: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maike Rabe


eWeb Research Centre

The researching core area of the eWeb Research Centre is the empirical social research of the online induced buying behaviour. 


eWeb Research Centre


eWeb Research Centre
Webschulstraße 31
D-41065 Mönchengladbach
Telephone: +49 (0)215
Mail: eWeb Research Center

Head: Prof. Dr. Michael Schleusener
Telephone: +49 (0)2151 822-6610
Mail: Michael Schleusener

Head: Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Gerrit Heinemann
Telephone: +49 (0)2161 186-6125
Mail: Gerrit Heinemann

Head: Prof. Dr. Silvia Zaharia
Telephone: +49 (0)2151 822-6667
Mail: Silvia Zaharia

Web Pages eWeb Research Centre

EthNa Competence Centre CSR

The University of Applied Sciences bundles the growing relevance of ethics and sustainability in the management of enterprises in its EthNa and competence centre CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). This competence centre provides offers for students, university's graduates and companies that want to design ethically justifiable and sustainable processes. 

EthNa Compentence Centre CSR


EthNa Competence Centre CSR
Reinarzstr. 49
D-47805 Krefeld
Telephone: +49 (0)2151 822-6683
Mail: ethna(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr. Monika Eigenstetter
Telephone: +49 (0)2151 822-6683
Mail:       monika.eigenstetter(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr. habil. Rudolf L. Voller
Telephone: +49 (0)2161 186-6010
Mail:      rudolf.voller(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr. Martin Wenke
Telephone: +49 (0)2161 186-6442
Mail:      Martin.Wenke(at)hs-niederrhein.de



A.U.G.E. The institute works on innovative research questions from the four areas of occupational safety, environmental protection, health promotion and ethics. In applied research, we work with ministries, research institutes, health insurance companies, professional associations, educational institutions and companies, especially with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on the Lower Rhine. Whether cross-border EU projects, research projects at federal and state level or R&D projects with regional companies - the interdisciplinary team at A.U.G.E. institute has the skills, know-how and vision to successfully implement these projects.


Schnitt Rock

A.U.G.E Institut
D-41065 Mönchengladbach

Leitung: Prof. Dr. Monika Eigenstetter
Telefon: +49 2161 186 6626
Mail: Monika.Eigenstetter(at)hs-niederrhein.de


Center Textile Logistics CTL

Under the motto "Logistics for Textiles - Textiles for Logistics", the CTL aims to bundle the efforts of business to apply innovative solutions in practice and the interests of the scientific partners in practical, current research topics in the field of textile logistics in the Lower Rhine.

The focus is on five research lines:     

  • Sustainable textile logistics     
  • Last mile textile logistics    
  • Intralogistics and IT of the textile chain     
  • Textile logistics for intelligent clothing     
  • High performance textiles in production and logistics



Center Textile Logistics CTL
Webschulstr. 31
Visiting address: Richard-Wagner-Str. 140
41065 Mönchengladbach

Tel.: 02161 186-6130
Mail: ctl@hs-niederrhein.de

Head: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Muschkiet
Tel.: 02161 186-6130
Mail: Markus.Muschkiet(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Franziska Poddig, M.Sc., 2021

DNair Collection - 100% recycled Airbags, waterproof
- for Fashion and Interior Design

Thesis in the master's program Textile Products Design.

Sustainable design insight...
Melissa Grustat, M.Sc., 2021

DNair Collection - 100% recycled Airbags, waterproof
- for Fashion and Interior Design

Thesis in the master's program Textile Products Design.

Sustainable design insight...
Nora Sproten, B.Sc. Design Ingenieur

Digital Zero Waste and 3D-Printing in Fashion
A Unisex Design with the focus on sustainability and innovation in fashion industries

PolitFashionNight – NRW

Great appearance of the Department of Textile and Clothing Technology on the first "PolitFashionNight – NRW macht Mode".

Elise Esser receives 1st place

The materialPREIS of raumprobe Stuttgart is an annual material competition, in which innovative materials of the building industry are awarded in different categories. Elise Esser submitted her specially developed sustainable biomaterial made of ginkgo leaves in the category 'Study' and received the 1st award. The flexible material "Ginoja" is biodegradable, translucent and versatile, for example in interior design or in the interior and textile sector and meets the highest demands of a completely circular sustainable resource management. The master thesis of Elise Esser was supervised by Prof. Dr. phil. M.-E. Wachs and Prof. StA. Dipl.-Des. R. Schmitt. In the course of a small, corona-compliant award ceremony the awards were presented in Stuttgart.

more about the product on the website of Elise Esser and Raumprobe Stuttgart:


to the website of Raumprobe and the material price:

ausstellung materialansichten
materialPREIS 2018 - MaterialANSICHTEN

Textile Design Master students exhibited new material in the exhibition MaterialVIEWS at the Design Center Baden-Württemberg - nominated for the "Material Prize 2018" by raumPROBE Stuttgart.

Design Engineering Learning Landscapes

Prof. Ashley Hall PhD - Royal College of Art, London - and Prof. Dr. Marina-Elena Wachs - Hochschule Niederrhein -  discussing Design Engineering Learning Landscapes of the Future… presenting together at EPDE Conference at Strathclyde University September 2019 ...see more…

Abstract for Conference

PDF of Presentation

Workshop "textile and light"
LCover Train
Katharina Grobheiser

Award of Wilhelm-Lorch Stiftung for Katharina Grobheiser

L(ifestyle) Train
fty 2018
Feel the Yarn 2018

Master student wins at International Knitting Design Competition in Florence

Feel the Yarn 2018