Research

Solving for the Future of Textiles

Our faculty and staff hail from five continents and span a diverse research expertise from textile designers and management to engineers and chemists. They are committed to advancing the polymer, fiber, textile, retail and related industries through discovery and creative innovation and knowledge dissemination. With two vibrant academic departments (Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management – TATM and Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science – TECS), the Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE), the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (T-PACC) and the Nonwovens Institute (NWI), the College is uniquely poised to work with our partners and solve problems.

    • In 2014-15, the College won record funding in research and industry technical service contracts and grants of more than $14 million with unprecedented diversity of funding from more than 160 separate companies and eight federal agencies.
    • Faculty members average more than $271, 000 (27 percent higher than the University average of $211,000 / faculty member)
    • Our faculty and students had an outstanding 2014-15 in knowledge dissemination:
      • 165 peer-reviewed papers
      • more than 150 non-refereed publications / presentations
      • 1 patent and 10 patent disclosures
      • 18 book chapters

Partnerships

Our extensive facilities offer capabilities in testing, analysis, fabrication and product development. The use of these facilities is governed by a simple agreement called “Testing Service Agreement“. Our facilities become an extension of your capabilities, a complete list of which are found at the links below.

Research and development activities beyond testing, analysis and fabrication can be undertaken by our faculty. The faculty’s expertise is listed under their individual pages as well as groupings under key areas of expertise. These activities are governed by an agreement called “Sponsored Project Agreement”. The faculty, students, and staff will work with you on addressing your specific needs in research and / or product development.

Faculty engagement can take the form of small research and development agreements as indicated above. Alternatively, you may engage the faculty and staff in consulting services. These agreements are executed with the individual faculty / staff; the faculty / staff will follow university established protocol in engaging in such services to ensure compliance with all State rules / regulations.

Location, Location, Location

Students talk while waiting for a bus at the Textiles complex on Centennial Campus.

The College of Textiles is located on Centennial Campus at NC State University. Centennial Campus was ranked in 2008 as the top Research Science Park of the Year by the Association of University Research Parks. With 300,000 square feet of research and teaching space we are able to partner with industry in 61 labs located within the college. Our facilities are capable of all manufacturing operations from producing nanofibers to making an end product. We are also the home of The Nonwovens Institute, the Textile Protection and Comfort Center, and the Institute of Textile Technology. The College of Textiles strives to strengthen our relationship with industry and to develop new research partners.