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Science Saturday: Soy Chemistry for Wrinkle-free Cotton Clothing

  • Saturday, December 05, 2015
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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.

About the speaker

Dr. Ericka Ford is an assistant professor in the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science Department and The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University. Her areas of research include the manufacture of fibers for use in automotive parts, construction and building materials, body armor, filtration, and the use of natural resources in high-tech textiles. Dr. Ford teaches courses on the advanced manufacturing of technical textiles and fiber science. Prior to joining the College of Textiles, she was a research associate of the US Army Natick Solider Research, Development and Engineering Center.

Science Saturdays is a series of lectures and demonstrations that are held on the first Saturday of each month in the SECU Daily Planet Theater at 1 pm. The presentations are meant to demonstrate the vast variety of careers in scientific fields from astronomy to zoology and are appropriate for ages 8 and older. Science Saturdays are held in partnership with the NC State University Biomedical Engineering Department and are funded through NC Space Grant.


December 5, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


SECU Daily Planet Theater

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States


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