Ericka Ford

Ericka Ford

Assistant Professor, TECS

Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science
Textile Technology

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About Ericka Ford

Dr. Ericka Ford is an Assistant Professor within the Wilson College of Textiles. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science and The Nonwovens Institute. Prior to joining the Wilson College of Textiles, Dr. Ford served as a National Research Council postdoctoral awardee in Chemical and Biological Defense, Science and Technology at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. Although Dr. Ford is new to the Wilson College of Textiles, she is not a stranger to the field of textiles. By her junior year in high school, she knew that a career in textile engineering was for her. Since then, she has earned an undergraduate degree in Polymer Fiber Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), studied for a year at Leeds University in England, and worked at BP Amoco Fabrics and Fibers for several summers as an Inroads intern. After being exposed to Research & Development professionals at BP Amoco, she prepared for graduate research through undergraduate experiences at Case Western Reserve University and The University of Maine. Dr. Ford earned her master’s degree in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, where she studied the use of sustainable, environmentally friendly coatings technologies. Her investigation of bio-based resins for wrinkle free finishing was presented at the 2006 AATCC Herman and Myrtle Student Paper Competition and placed 1st. Upon returning to Georgia Tech as a doctoral student, she investigated the gel spinning of carbon nanotube (CNT) composites for high strength, high modulus fibers. In addition to graduate research, she participated in two NSF supported IGERTs- for integrated graduate education and research training focused on the commercialization of polymers and fiber technologies. In 2005, she and others traveled to Shanghai to learn about technology commercialization and the economy in China.


Dr. Ford’s research and educational activities will involve the following:

  1. Protective and therapeutic nonwovens
  2. Engineering of high performance fibers and textiles
  3. Sustainable textile coatings and finishing technologies
  4. Training and development for science and engineering professions

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. Textiles and Fiber Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology,
  • M.S. Polymer Science, The University of Southern Mississippi,
  • B.S. Polymer Fiber Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology,


Biohybrid nanofibers containing manganese oxide-forming fungi for heavy metal removal from water
Park, Y., Liu, S., Gardner, T., Johnson, D., Keeler, A., Ortiz, N., … Ford, E. (2020), JOURNAL OF ENGINEERED FIBERS AND FABRICS, 15.
Carboxymethylation of hemicellulose isolated from poplar (Populus grandidentata) and its potential in water-soluble oxygen barrier films
Geng, W., Venditti, R. A., Pawlak, J. J., Chang, H.-ming, Pal, L., & Ford, E. (2020), CELLULOSE.
Flexible Cyclic-Poly(phthalaldehyde)/Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) Blend Fibers with Fast Daylight-Triggered Transience
Li, S., Rizvi, M. H., Lynch, B. B., Tracy, J. B., & Ford, E. (2020), MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS.
Lanthanum carbonate nanofibers for phosphorus removal from water
Park, Y., Gorman, C., & Ford, E. (2020), JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 55(12), 5008–5020.
The effect of wet spinning conditions on the structure and properties of poly-4-hydroxybutyrate fibers
Thermal properties and surface chemistry of cotton varieties mineralized with calcium carbonate polymorphs by cyclic dipping
Nam, S., Park, Y., Hillyer, M. B., Hron, R. J., Ernst, N., Chang, S. C., … Gibb, B. C. (2020), RSC ADVANCES, 10(58), 35214–35225.
Macromol. Chem. Phys. 13/2018
Park, Y., & Ford, E. (2018), Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 219(13), 1870033.
Properties and structural anisotropy of gel-spun lignin/poly(vinyl alcohol) fibers due to gel aging
Lu, C. H., Rawat, P., Louder, N., & Ford, E. (2018), ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6(1), 679–689.
Titanium oxide sol-gel induced wrinkling of electrospun nanofibers
Park, Y., & Ford, E. (2018), Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 219(13).
antiplasticizing behaviors of glucarate and lignin bio-based derivatives on the properties of gel-spun poly(vinyl alcohol) fibers
Lu, C. H., & Ford, E. (2018), Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 303(4).

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  • American Chemical Society


  • TMS 211 - ,
  • TT 405 - ,
  • T 491 - ,
  • TT 505 - ,

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