Dr. Krifa earned a Diploma of Industrial Engineer in textiles and clothing from the “Institut Supérieur Industriel”, in Verviers, Belgium. He then moved to France and earned his M.S. in textile and para-textile materials and processes and a Ph.D. in Fibers & Textiles from the University of Haute Alsace, which houses the leading French program in the field of textiles and apparel recognized by the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Dr. Krifa has more than seventeen years of post-doctoral experience with a record of excellence in teaching, research and academic leadership in the field of textiles and apparel. His teaching portfolio comprises a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including global sourcing and apparel value chain management, research methods applied to textiles and fashion merchandising, consumer and social media research, applied statistics, natural fiber competitiveness and sustainability and textile and apparel manufacturing. Dr. Krifa's research encompasses diverse activities and interests spanning the larger part of the textiles and apparel value chain. His early endeavors have focused on natural fiber production and utilization. More recently, his research initiatives have centered on consumers and their interactions with textile and apparel products in the context of hastening innovation in both material (e.g., nanotechnology) and information technology.
Recent Referred Publications
Wu, H., Krifa M. and Koo J.H., 2018. Inherently Flame Retardant Nylon 6 Nanocomposite Fibers. Fibers and Polymers, 19 (7): 1500-1512. doi: 10.1007/s12221-018-7448-0.
Wu, H., Krifa M. and Koo J.H., 2018. Rubber (SEBS-g-MA) toughened flame-retardant polyamide 6: Microstructure, combustion, extension, and Izod impact behavior. Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering. 57(8): 727-739. doi:10.1080/03602559.2017.1344856.
Wu, H., Ortiz, R., Correa, R. D. A. , Krifa, M., & Koo, J. H. (2018). Self-Extinguishing and Non-Drip Flame Retardant Polyamide 6 Nanocomposite: Mechanical, Thermal, and Combustion Behavior. Flame Retardancy and Thermal Stability of Materials, 1(1):1-13. doi:10.1515/flret-2018-0001
Krifa M., 2017. Cotton Uses and Performance in the Textile Market. In: Gordon S. and Abidi N, (Eds.). Cotton Fibers: Characteristics, Uses and Performance. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishing, Inc.
Rajaganesh, S., & Krifa, M. (2017). How clean is “Clean”? A Review of Challenges in Apparel Consumer Laundering Technology and Cleaning Efficiency. Journal of Textile Engineering & Fashion Technology, 3(2). doi:10.15406/jteft.2017.03.00091
Krifa, M. and Stewart Stevens S., 2016. Cotton utilization in conventional and non-conventional textiles– a statistical review. Agricultural Sciences, Special issue on Natural Fibers Research, 7: 747-758. doi: 10.4236/as.2016.710069.
Krifa M. and Yuan W., 2016. Morphology and pore size distribution of electrospun and centrifugal force-spun PA6 nanofiber membranes. Textile Research Journal, 86 (12): 1294-1306. doi: 10.1177/0040517515609258.
Yin X., Krifa M. and Koo J., 2015. Flame-Retardant Polyamide 6/Carbon Nanotube Nanofibers: Processing and Characterization. Journal of Engineered Fibers & Fabrics, 10(3): 1-11.
Krifa M., Hammami M.A., and Wu H.§ 2015, Occurrence and morphology of bead-on-string structures in centrifugal force spinning of PA6 fibers. Journal of the Textile Institute, 106 (3):284-294, doi: 10.1080/00405000.2014.917812.
Dong Y., Lisco B., Wu H., Koo J.H., and Krifa M. 2015, Flame retardancy and mechanical properties of ferrum ammonium phosphate-halloysite/epoxy polymer nanocomposites. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 132 (13). doi: 10.1002/APP.41681.
Wu, H. , Krifa M. and Koo J.H., 2014. Flame retardant polyamide 6/nanoclay/intumescent nanocomposite fibers through electrospinning. Textile Research Journal, 84 (10): 1106-1118. doi: 10.1177/0040517513515314.
Hammami M.A., Krifa M. and Harzallah O., 2014. Centrifugal force spinning of PA6 nanofibers– Processability and morphology of solution-spun fibers. Journal of the Textile Institute, 105 (6): 637-647. doi: 10.1080/00405000.2013.842680.
Krifa, M., 2013. Cotton fiber length distribution modality alteration in ginning and mill processing. Journal of the Textile Institute, 104 (7): 731-744. doi:10.1080/00405000.2012.754117.
Krifa, M., 2013. Parameterizing cotton fiber length distribution shapes. Int. J. App. Res. Textiles, 1: 1-12.
Krifa M. and Holt G., 2013. Impacts of gin and mill cleaning on medium-long staple stripper-harvested cotton. Transactions of the ASABE, 56(1), 203-215.