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Dr. Ericka Ford Talks Wrinkles at Museum’s Science Saturday
December 5, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Accompanying the Dec. 5 opening of “Cotton = High Tech+High Design” at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Dr. Ericka Ford, assistant professor in Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science Department and The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University will present “Soy Chemistry for Wrinkle-Free Cotton Clothing”. Her presentation begins at 1 p.m. in the Daily Planet Theater and is part of the museum’s Science Saturday series. Ford will address how natural chemicals, like oil from soybeans, are an attractive alternative to current wrinkle-free technologies.
“T-shirts, blue jeans, casual dresses, and tailor-made shirts are a few of our favorite pieces of clothing that are made from cotton. We love the style and comfort of cotton clothing, but we dislike its tendency to wrinkle! Wrinkle-free clothing retains a measure of smoothness after washing and drying. However, the release of formaldehyde throughout the use of those fabrics is of concern. As scientists look for ways to substitute chemicals from fossil fuels for those found in nature, natural chemicals like oils are an attractive alternative to current wrinkle-free technologies. This talk will discuss how oil from soybeans fared as a chemistry for wrinkle-free clothing.”