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

PolitFashionNight – NRW

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

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.

fty 2018
Feel the Yarn 2018

Master student wins at International Knitting Design Competition in Florence

Feel the Yarn 2018
LCover Train
Katharina Grobheiser

Award of Wilhelm-Lorch Stiftung for Katharina Grobheiser

L(ifestyle) Train