Empa Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland
“Liquid-core melt-spun filaments - from research to industrial implementation”
Dr. Rudolf Hufenus is group leader and deputy head of the Laboratory for Advanced Fibers at Empa, Switzerland. He achieved a master in physics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 1989. In the same year, he started at Empa as scientist and leader of numerous industrial R&D projects. As part of his research work at Empa, he received a PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, in 2005. In 2003, he initiated Empa's fiber research and development laboratory (now Advanced Fibers). Since the installation of a pilot multicomponent fiber spinning plant in 2004, as well as associated polymer processing and analytical equipment, he gained expertise through R&D activities pertaining to extrusion and melt-spinning of different polymer systems and the incorporation of liquids and nanomaterials. He is responsible for numerous completed and ongoing industry-related projects aiming at novel synthetic fibers, and he is involved in projects focusing on fundamental fiber research. From 1996 until 2013, he was associate lecturer at the Swiss Textile College. In 2005, he was summoned as guest scientist by the College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, USA. He was invited to give over 100 lectures all over the world, and he co-authored 73 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book contributions and 7 patents. He also is an active member of The Fiber Society and of the Polymer Processing Society.