Dr. David Hinks

Dean, College of Textiles; Cone Mills Professor of Textile Chemistry

Email : david_hinks@ncsu.edu
Phone : 919-515-6554
Address : College of Textiles - Room 3423

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Currently serving as Dean of the College of Textiles, Dr. David Hinks is proud and privileged to lead the College’s more than 130 faculty and staff who mentor approximately 1,000 undergraduates, 200 graduate students, and upwards of 160 contracts with industry partners and six government agencies totaling greater than $15 million.

Hinks is a member of both NC State’s Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension, and enjoys serving on the North Carolina Forensic Science Advisory Board. He is also a member of the North Carolina Economic Development Association. In addition to mentoring dozens of graduate students and post docs, visiting scholars and 20-plus undergraduate students in research, he has published more than 150 peer reviewed and conference papers in the area of color science, and forensic and environmental textile chemistry. Five of his former students are professors in China, Korea, Chile, Thailand, and the U.S. and his students regularly win top honors; three of his graduate students have won the AATCC Student Paper Competition; two more have gone on to win prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowships and one was a recipient of the highest undergraduate honor in the U.S., the Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

Born and raised in Derby, England, Hinks worked for Courtaulds Research from 1984 to 1986 prior to attending the University of Leeds, where earned a B.S. and Ph.D. in Colour Chemistry in 1989 and 1993, respectively. In 1993, he moved to NC State’s College of Textiles as a Post Doctoral Research Associate and later Visiting Assistant Professor investigating the genotoxicity of dyes and pigments. In 1996, he joined Milliken & Co. in Spartanburg, SC, as an R&D Chemist. In Fall 1998, he returned to NC State as Assistant Professor in the College of Textiles. In 2003 he was promoted to Associate Professor and became the Program Director for the then new Polymer and Color Chemistry Program. He was promoted to Full Professor in 2009 and was named the Cone Mills Professor of Textile Chemistry in 2010. The same year Hinks was appointed Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science and the Director of the University’s emerging Forensic Sciences Institute. In 2014, he was appointed as Interim Dean of the College of Textiles. In 2016, he was named Dean of the College of Textiles.

Twitter: @david_hinks             LinkedIn: davidhinks


Current research is focused in color perception and measurement and dyestuff design, synthesis and application.

  1. Forensic Analysis of Dyes and Fibers
    Research is on-going to develop an unprecedented Comparative Finished Fiber Analytical Database (COMFFAD) using liquid chromatography and Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (LC TOF MS) to enable dyed fibers to be rapidly and accurately analyzed for the exact dyes present in the fiber, as well as estimate their concentrations in the fiber. This work is aimed at substantially advancing trace evidence analysis of fibers.
  2. Fiber Chemistry with Reduced Environmental Impact
    Our research group has established a new approach to desizing, scouring and bleaching cotton fibers using a bleach activators at neutral conditions and comparatively low temperature. Good whiteness and very little fiber damage results from our methods. We are working to optimize the conditions for scale up of the research.
  3. Color Perception and Measurement
    Research is on-going to improve the correlation between color perception of, for instance, the magnitude of color differences, whiteness and staining of dyes onto materials, with the spectrophotometric measurement of color.
  4. Dyestuff and Pigment Design and Synthesis
    Many existing commercial colorants are under threat due to occupational and environmental problems associated with their production and use. Hence, new approaches for the design and synthesis of new nongenotoxic colorants are required, as well as new processes for their application that are more environmentally responsible than existing technology. One focus in the College of Textiles has been towards the design of nongenotoxic colorants and intermediates.

Academic Degrees

The University of Leeds, U.K., 1989-1993
Cationic Reactive Dyes for Cellulosic Fibres

Sponsored by Imperial Chemical Industries, plc.

Investigated vinylsulfone fiber reactive dyes carrying cationic charges to a) exhibit high substantivity towards cellulosic fibers in the absence of electrolyte, and b) exhibit enhanced substantivity for polyamide fibers under neutral or alkaline conditions.In addition to conventional analytical techniques, a novel analytical method based on capillary electrophoresis was developed to determine the purity of the dyes.

B.Sc. (Honors) Colour Chemistry
The University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K., 1986-1989


  • PCC106 Polymer Synthesis and Environmental Sustainability
  • PCC301 Textile Wet Processing
  • PCC401 Manufacturing and Its Impact on Safety, the Environment, and Society
  • PCC474 Forensic Analytical Chemistry Laboratory

Recent Publications

  1. Min Li, Gang Fang, Changhai Xu, David Hinks*: An Image-based Seed Coat Fragment Counting Method, AATCC Journal of Research, accepted.
  2. Chuanzhen Zhou, Keith R. Beck, David Hinks, Anne Crawford, and Samantha Blake, Advancing the Forensic Analysis of Dyed Fibers by Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry, AATCC Journal of Research, accepted.
  3. Nanshan Zhang, J Shen, Melissa A Pasquinelli, David Hinks, Alan E Tonelli, Formation and characterization of an inclusion complex of triphenyl phosphate and β-cyclodextrin and its use as a flame retardant for polyethylene terephthalate, Polymer Degradation and Stability, Volume 120, October 2015, Pages 244–250 (2015). DOI: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2015.07.014.
  4. Barker, R., Bernard. A., Hinks, D., Liston, G., Jones, C., and Singleton, S., Factors Affecting Human Tactile Response to Wash Treated Garments: Analysis of fabric and Garment Effects in Dynamic Wear, AATCC Journal of Research, 1, 13-23, 2014.
  5. Sha Fu, David Hinks, Peter Hauser, Mary Ankeny, High efficiency ultra-deep dyeing of cotton via mercerization and cationization, Cellulose, 20: 3101-3110 (2013), 10.1007/s10570-013-0081-6.

NC State Library Scholarly Publications List


  1. Peter Hauser, David Hinks, Jung Jin Lee, and Sang-Hoon Lim, Preparation of a Bleach Activator with Good Stability in Water, USP 7179779 (2006).
  2. James Horton, David Hinks and Ahmed El-Shafei, Sock for Detection of Pressure Points on Feet, USP 6918883 (2004).
  3. H.S. Freeman, D. Hinks and J. Sokolowska-Gajda, Organic Pigments from Twisted Benzidines, US Patent 5,965,717 (1999).


Samantha Blake, co-major, Ph.D. Fiber and Polymer Science, and Chemistry

  • NSF Project: IC CRIME, www.iccrime.ncsu.edu

Anne Fraser, M.S. Textile Chemistry

  • NIJ Project: Development of a Comparative Finished Fiber Analytical Database

Min Li, M.S. Textile Chemistry

  • Bleach activators for environmentally benign textile wet processing via desize, scour and bleaching of cotton.

Ian Hill, co-major, B.S. Polymer and Color Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Bleach activators for environmentally benign textile wet processing of cotton

Rick Schaefer, co-major, B.S. Polymer and Color Chemistry

  • Bleach activators for environmentally benign textile wet processing of wool

Melissa Vinson, B.S. Polymer and Color Chemistry

  • Dyed fiber analytical chemistry


Academic Editor, Society of Dyers and Colourists, UK.
Convenor and Delegate, International Standards Organization, Tech. Committee 38, SC1, Working Group 7, Color Measurement
Chair, AATCC Color Science Symp. Steering Committee

Society of Dyers and Colourists
American Association Textile Chemists and Colorists
American Chemical Society
Inter-Society Color Council

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