Photostability and photodegradation mechanisms of dyes, pigments and high performance fibers; molecular modeling, nanostructure, synthesis and characterization of novel functional dyes for solar cells, PDT and self-disinfecting textiles; nanolayer graft polymerization of chemical finishes and surface chemistry modifications of fibers using high density atmospheric plasma for medical applications; molecular modeling of polymers.
Ciba Professor of Dyestuff Chemistry
Design, synthesis and analysis of organic dyes and pigments. (Nongenotoxic dyes, lightfast dyes, molecular modeling, NMR, X-ray, mass spectrometry)
Carbon materials’ research and their integration with textile technologies and energy storage and conversion devices, such as supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells.
Chemical finishing of textile fabric. Indigo dyeing. Denim finishing and garment wet processing. Mathematical modeling of textile processes. Dyeing pretreatments for low pollution dyeing.
Dean, College of Textiles
Color science; molecular modeling; chemistry of and application of dyes; SCF technology.
Fiber-forming biopolymers. Computer-controlled fiber spinning. (Chitin/chitosan chemistry, hollow fibers, chaotic flow analysis)
Polymer synthesis. Melt fiber spinning. Hollow fibers. Sound propagation in filaments.
Structure-property relationships of macromolecules, with emphasis on biomaterials, medical textiles, rheology, electrostatic self-assembled nanolayers, and polyelectrolytes.
Director of Ph.D. Programs
Associate Department Head
Computational modeling as a tool for understanding, predicting, and modulating the physical and chemical properties of macromolecules. Structure-property relationships of nanotechnological and biologically-inspired materials.
Professor of Color Science and Technology
Color science including color perception, unique hues, study of whiteness and blackness, and color difference equations. Dye application including photochromic dyes on various media. Mathematical modeling, control and monitoring of dyebath. Expert systems. Textile Printing.
INVISTA Prof. of Fiber & Polymer Chemistry
Conformations, sizes and shapes of polymers. (Polymer microstructure and properties, molecular modeling, solid state NMR, behavior of isolated polymer chains, interchain interactions). Inclusion compounds.