02/21/2024: Evaluating Firefighters’ Hyperthermia Level with a CNT Based Cooling System During Live Burn Firefighting

Recorded on Wednesday, February 21, 2024

This presentation recording will be added to this webpage within 5 business days.

Evaluating Firefighters Hyperthermia Level w/ CNT Based Cooling System During Live Burn Firefighting

About the webinar:

Our research team at the University of Cincinnati has developed an Active Textile (AT) system integrated into Firefighter Turnout Gear and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This AT coat has coolants embedded inside carbon nanotube (CNT)-based fabric which minimizes increase in core body temperature.

Click here to learn more about the Early Detection of Degenerative Disorders & Innovative Soluations Lab (EDDI Lab)

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Define hyperthermia and identify methods of minimizing hyperthermia

  • Discuss challenges and opportunities in improving PPE for firefighters

  • Evaluate how the Active Textile (AT) system minimizes hyperthermia

Speaker: Amit Bhattacharya, PhD, CPE

Dr. Amit Bhattacharya holds a Ph.D. degree in biomedical/mechanical engineering and a M.S. in fluid mechanics/heat transfer, both from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A. He is the Director, Cincinnati Education Research Center Training Grant. He is the founding Director of EDDI Lab – Early Detection of Degenerative Disorders & Innovative Solutions in the Department of Environmental & Public Health Sciences. He is also the founding director of the Pilot Research Training program sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). His research activities include topics of gene-environment interaction and its impact on human neuromuscular system and application of Nano-sensors/BIOMEMS technology for early detection of neurodegenerative and degenerative skeletal disorders. Over the years, Dr. Bhattacharya’s research at the University of Cincinnati has been sponsored by federal agencies and private organizations (cumulative funding as P.I. and Co-Investigator: ~$39.0 million). Dr. Bhattacharya has made significant contributions in the areas of biomechanics of traumatic injuries in the workplace, heat stress and prediction of hyperthermia among firefighters, development of countermeasures for cardiovascular deconditioning resulting from weightlessness, and the development of noninvasive, sensitive techniques for the quantification of postural imbalance as an indicator of neurotoxicity and identification of preclinical biomechanical parameters of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. He is a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society & Senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. Also, he is a full member of the, Human Factors & Ergonomic Society.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Certificates of Completion

Certificates of Completion will be available to webinar participants who are present for the complete, live webinar, and logged in with their registered email address. Call-in attendees are not eligible for certificates at this time - Please download the Zoom app to log in via email on your smartphone whenever possible.

In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

If you're not able to attend the live presentation, no problem! We record most presentations and will host them on our website provided we have permission to do so. Presentation recordings are not eligible for Certificates of Completion.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.

University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center (UC ERC)

The University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center (UC ERC)

The University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center (UC ERC) serves the regional and national needs in occupational safety and health through interdisciplinary academic education, research training and professional development courses. MS and Ph.D. degrees are offered; a wide range of continuing education courses are available for practicing professionals. Through outreach activities, research findings are shared with practitioners and research is translated to practice.