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Headshot of graduate student Christine Lee.

Feb 15, 2024

Ph.D. Student Christine Lee Researches PLA at The Nonwovens Institute

Christine Lee is a Ph.D. student in the fiber and polymer science program currently researching the use of polylactic acid (PLA) in nonwoven textiles at the Nonwovens Institute. 

Yarn-shaped supercapacitors created by NC State researchers in the Wilson College of Textiles

Feb 6, 2024

New Study Finds “Sweet Spot” for Length of Yarn-Shaped Supercapacitors

Yarns 40-60cm yield best flow of energy in new study. 

Sonja Salmon (left) and Siyan Wang (right) stand in the lab with lab coats and protective glasses. Salmon holds fabric samples and Wang holds two bottles of solution with some fabric fragments visible.

Jan 29, 2024

NC State Textile Waste Research Paves Way for Greener Textile Future

Ph.D. student Siyan Wang’s breakthrough research on cotton fiber fragments earned a prestigious spot on the front cover of Cellulose journal. See how her research is changing the game for textile recycling. 

The NC State Belltower at dusk and night. Photo by Marc Hall

Jan 26, 2024

New NSF Center Will Advance Textile Industry ‘Greening’

The effort aims to reduce textile waste and make advances in wearable, medical and protective textiles. 

A person hovers a phone over their feet and a shoe appears over one of the feet on the phone screen.

Jan 10, 2024

What is a Virtual Fitting Room? Advantages and Early Adopters

Virtual Fitting Rooms are another way retailers are integrating augmented reality and augmented intelligence into their business models.  

Robotic hand holding a pH color strip.

Dec 7, 2023

New HS Curriculum Teaches Color Chemistry and AI Simultaneously

NC State researchers develop short module to drive student curiosity about real-world data. 

Rearview image down the breezeway of the Wilson College of Textiles.

Dec 7, 2023

Meet the Wilson College of Textiles Students Awarded the VF Foundation’s Graduate Student Impact Awards 

Fellowship awards provided by the VF Foundation fund innovative research endeavors relating to apparel and footwear for Wilson College of Textiles graduate students. 

A stock image of a white shirt with a green and white tag that reads "carbon neutral."

Dec 4, 2023

What Is Greenwashing And Why Are More Companies Being Accused of It?

An increasing number of fashion brands are facing accusations of greenwashing. The Fashion and Textile Business Excellence Collective breaks down what these accusations could mean for business. 

researchers weather firefighter turnout gear in an oven.

Dec 1, 2023

Study Tests Firefighter Turnout Gear With, Without PFAS

PFAS-free outer shells fail to repel oil and hydraulic fluid, potentially bringing performance tradeoffs to firefighters. 

A graphic reads "Suture Research" in red lettering on the left and shows a photo of Karuna Nambi Gowri on the right.

Oct 30, 2023

NC State Doctoral Student Developing Better Manufacturing Method for Wound Closures

Wilson College of Textiles student Karuna Nambi Gowri's dissertation will make barbed sutures more efficient and customizable, which means less time on the operating table for patients.