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Report
Towards …
The Engineering Research Center
for Innovative Fibrous Materials
Director:
Behnam Pourdeyhimi,
[email protected],
919-515-1822,
Co-Director:
Ruben Carbonell,
[email protected],
919-515-5118,
Nonwovens – Innovative Fibrous Materials
 Nonwovens are Engineered Innovative Fabrics
 Nonwovens are manufactured by high-speed,
low-cost processes – Large Volume, Low Cost
 Nonwovens are in many applications already,
but most are hidden and you do not see them
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History…
 In 1991, The Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center
(NCRC) started as a National Science Foundation Center
in the form of a State Industry University Cooperative
Research (State I/UCRC) Center.
 Funds were to come equally in the amount of $300,000
each from the
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State of North Carolina
Industry
NSF
 In 1998, NCRC graduated from the National Science
Foundation.
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NCRC’s Growth Continues
NCRC is the largest I/UCRC in the Nation
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Establishment of pilot and analytical facilities
Development of a model for
Extension, Engagement, Economic Development
No. of Members
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Extension, Engagement, Economic Development
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Current NCRC Supported Staff – 16
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Five visiting Faculty/Scientists – Teaching and Research
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Hooman Tafreshi
Svetlana Verenich
Eunkyoung Shim
Benoit Maze
Bong Yeom
Twelve Full time Staff
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Sherwood Wallace
Stephen Sharp
Ben Lambert
Alvin Fortner
William Barnes
Robert Byron
John Fry
Amy Minton
Susan Pegram
Wendy Cox
Don Shiffler
Bruce Anderson
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Investments in Infrastructure by NCRC
Investments ($)
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Current Member Companies
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BASF
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Colbond
Cumins Filtration
Eastman
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Jockey Int.
KITECH
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NatureWorks
Procter & Gamble
ProMetic
Rohm and Haas
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Ahlstrom
Albany Int.
Arkema
AstenJohnson
BBA Fiberweb
Cintas
ConvaTec
Cotton Inc.
Dow
DuPont
FiberVisions
CHA Technologies (FIT)
Fleissner
Freudenberg
Hills Inc.
INDA
Johns Manville
Kimberly-Clark
Kuraray
Milliken
PGI Nonwovens
Raytech Composites
Rieter Textile Systems
Sellers Wipes
San Fang Chemical
Sara Lee
Sunoco
TTIR
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AFTECH
Allasso Industries
American Truetzschler
Apexical, Inc.
Atlantic Mills
Dophes, Ltd
Duke Energy
Fi-Tech
FlexForm Technologies
Fluent
General Nonwovens
Groz-Beckert
Herrmann Ultrasonics
J. D. Hollingsworth
Jenkins, Wilson & Taylor
NanoFiber Group
Nippon Nozzle
Nonwoven Media Int.
NSC
NuTex Concepts
OMNOVA
Porous Materials, Inc.
Progress Energy
Slack & Parr
Xymid, LLC
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CSIRO
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NCRC’s Mission
 Education
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Training students
Technology transfer
 Short Courses
 In-plant Training
 Research
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Core – Creating Knowledge – Fundamental & Applied
Non-core – Outreach – Applied & Fundamental
 Economic Development (Extension/Engagement)
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Analytical services
Product innovation/development
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Why an ERC?
To Sustain and Support a Rapidly Growing Industry
 Initially, focused on single-use disposable
products, today this $50 billion industry, with as
much as $11 billion in roll goods, produces a
wide-ranging array of products – These are not
apparel textiles.
 Presently, the major markets include medical
and hygiene, filtration, personal care and
industrial and automotive.
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Innovation & The Industry
 Are we doing enough to ensure
our future?
Materials
 It is unlikely, that growth in
these markets can be sustained,
or that new markets can be
generated, in the absence of
significant innovations in
materials or process
technologies that can enable
the development of new and
innovative products.
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Machinery
Products
Innovation
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The Vision
 to become a global research, educational, and
training resource for the Fibrous Materials
Industry by developing innovative fibrous
materials and systems that sustain and improve
the economic well being of the nation and
contribute to the quality of the environment and
public health.
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Mission
 to develop new scientific and engineering
knowledge through world-class scholarship.
 to transfer that knowledge to the Industry to
spawn commercialization of next-generation
product technologies to drive the innovations
required to realize new classes of uniquely
robust and responsive products.
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Our Model …
University, Industry, Government
NSF’s
Mission
Creating Knowledge
Fundamental Research
Core Research
Graduate & Undergraduate
Education
Industry, University & Government
Adding Value
Transferring
Knowledge
New Product Development
Non-Core, Applied Research
Extension, Engagement and
Economic Development
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Goals
1. Undertake research in the areas of materials synthesis,
surface engineering, and structure/process modeling to
aid in the development of new and innovative
products related, but not restricted, to medical, surgical
and drug delivery applications, biospecific biological
separations processes, drug and toxin detection and
removal, national defense, energy conversion,
reinforced materials for construction and aeronautical
applications, and energy conservation.
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Goals
2. Build strategic alliances with industrial
partners and facilitate technology transfer and
commercialization, and meet the education,
research, and engagement needs of the
industry.
3. Educate and train students and researchers
through targeted educational programs, short
courses, online and distance education
programs, internships, sabbaticals, direct inplant training, and one-on-one consulting.
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Research Focus
Responsive Polymer Structures - Examples
 Electrically conducting fibers – Use in
adsorptive filters – detection and removal
 Thermally responsible fibers – Drug delivery,
sensors, energy conversion
 Impregnation of drugs into fibers – Drug
delivery, wound healing, surgical applications
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Research Focus
Surface Modification Technologies - Examples
1. Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) approaches for
organic, inorganic and metallic coatings
2. Plasma treatment for ligand attachment –
Biospecific separations, detection, removal
3. Controlling of surface-modified fiber
properties
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Research Focus
Composites & Hybrid Materials - Examples
1. Particle – nano fiber composites, nano tubes –
Uses in energy storage, conversion, catalysis
2. Nano- and micro- particle impregnated
membranes – energy conversion, medical
devices
3. Composite/mixed-mode/gradient materials
(combination of nano and micro fibers)
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Outreach
1. Involve undergraduate and graduate students in
research projects, publications, and presentations,
2. Develop an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate and
MS programs in Engineered Fabrics at NC State.
3. Collaborate with The Science House and the Kenan
Fellows Program at NC State to implement teacher
institutes to train secondary school teachers on ways to
teach engineering and scientific concepts.
4. Work closely with North Carolina and US Department
of Commerce, Wake County and other Economic
Development groups to recruit small and mid-sized
companies to North Carolina and provide in-plant
training and technical assistance to those in need.
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Engineered Innovative Fibrous Materials
New Products &
Processes
Integrative fibrous material tesbeds
Filtration, Separation, Automotive, Medical, Hygiene
Engineered System
Performance models
Structure models
Models for
Product/Process
Development
Process models
Expedient processes for the large-scale production
Enabling Technology
Fiber and polymer materials synthesis
Material Synthesis
and Surface
Engineering
Structure-property
relationships
Engineering of surfaces
Creation of multi-component and responsive
fibers, nano fibers, and nano materials
Fundamental Knowledge
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Thrust Areas & Leaders
 Fiber and Polymer Materials Synthesis
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Saad Khan; Richard Spontak; Alan Tonelli, Sam Hudson
 Surface Engineering
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Greg Parsons; Jan Genzer; Peter Hauser; Ruben Carbonell
 Process Engineering, and Structure modeling
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Jon Rust; Behnam Pourdeyhimi
 Structure modeling
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Hooman Tafreshi; Jeffrey W. Eischen; George Chase, Dr.
Alexander Yarin
 Entrepreneurship – Systems
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Status to date…
 First draft will be ready by 3/26
 Over 50 responses from NCSU and Partner
universities
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NCSU
Georgia Tech
Maryland
Akron
U.I.C
Loughborough
Liberec
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National
Science
Foundation
Communications
Director
Industrial
Advisory Board
Center
Analyst
Associate Director
Tech. Transfer
Director
Co-Director
AOC
Council of Deans:
NCSU and Partner
Universities
University Policy
Committee
NCSU and Partner
Universities
Deputy
Director
Associate Director
Education
Associate Director
Research
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