Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension
William A. Klopman Distinguished Professor
Executive Director, NWI

Textile Technology
The Nonwovens Institute

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About Behnam Pourdeyhimi

Behnam Pourdeyhimi is the Klopman Distinguished Professor of Textile Materials and Associate Dean for Industry Research and Extension. He also serves as the Director of the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center at the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.

Behnam received his Ph. D. from Leeds University in 1982. This was followed by positions as a research scientist at NCSU and then at Cornell University. His distinguished academic career has taken him through University of Maryland (1984-1995) and Ga. Tech. (1995-1999) before returning to NC State.

Behnam has taught textile and fiber science, technology and engineering as well as microscopy and image analysis applications to textiles, nonwovens and materials problems both at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research experience covers such areas as image and structural analysis of nonwoven fibrous webs, textile applications in sports, bioengineering and materials, instrumentation and test method development, among others. His contributions to fiber / textile science, engineering and technology and his contributions to the profession have been well recognized by several awards. He has published several books and monographs, over 150 refereed journal articles and over 150 conference presentations. He is the recipient of The Fiber Society Young Distinguished Achievement Award (1994) and Fellowship of the Textile Institute (1994). He served as the President of the Fiber Society in 1995. His students have won several awards, including the Fiber Society Best Paper award and the INTC Best Paper Ward.

Behnam’s research interests are in the area of nonwovens, materials, biomaterials, modeling performance, special textile structures, and image analysis. His expertise is recognized by major corporations and leading research bodies around the world. He acts as consultant to over 30 bodies and major Corporations.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD. Textiles, The University of Leeds, United Kingdom, 1982


Characterizing nonwoven materials via realistic microstructural modeling
Moghadam, A., Yousefi, S. H., Tafreshi, H. V., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2019), SEPARATION AND PURIFICATION TECHNOLOGY, 211, 602–609.
Hydroentanglement of Polymer Nonwovens 2: Simulation of multiple polymer fibers and prediction of entanglement
Li, G., Staszel, C., Yarin, A. L., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2019), POLYMER, 164, 205–216.
Hydroentanglement of polymer nonwovens. 1: Experimental and theoretical/numerical framework
Li, G., Staszel, C., Yarin, A. L., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2019), POLYMER, 164, 191–204.
Industrial-scale fabrication of an osteogenic and antibacterial PLA/silver-loaded calcium phosphate composite with significantly reduced cytotoxicity
Cai, S., Pourdeyhimi, B., & Loboa, E. G. (2019), JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS RESEARCH PART B-APPLIED BIOMATERIALS, 107(4), 900–910.
Penetration of liquid droplets into hydrophobic fibrous materials under enhanced gravity
Jamali, M., Tafreshi, H. V., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2019), JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 125(14).
The role of staple fiber length on the performance of carded, hydroentangled nonwovens produced with splittable fibers
Tabors, J., Wust, C., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2019), JOURNAL OF ENGINEERED FIBERS AND FABRICS, 14.
A new approach to modeling liquid intrusion in hydrophobic fibrous membranes with heterogeneous wettabilities
Moghadam, A., Jamali, M., Venkateshan, D. G., Tafreshi, H. V., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2018), In COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS (Vol. 558, pp. 154–163).
Droplet Mobility on Hydrophobic Fibrous Coatings Comprising Orthogonal Fibers
Jamali, M., Tafreshi, H. V., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2018), LANGMUIR, 34(41), 12488–12499.
Effects of electrospinning conditions on microstructural properties of polystyrene fibrous materials
Yousefi, S. H., Venkateshan, D. G., Tang, C., Tafreshi, H. V., & Pourdeyhimi, B. (2018), JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS, 124(23).
Electrospun mat of poly(vinyl alcohol)/graphene oxide for superior electrolyte performance
Pan, Q., Tong, N. J., He, N. F., Liu, Y. X., Shim, E. Y., Pourdeyhimi, B., & Gao, W. (2018), ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(9), 7927–7934.

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  • INDA
  • INTC
  • The Fiber Society
  • ASTM
  • The Textile Institute (U.K.)


  • - Microscopy & Image Analysis , Fall
  • - Nonwovens Products and Processes , Fall
  • - Fiber Science , Fall

Areas of Expertise