My research interests are in the areas of Process-Structure-Properties of Polymers, Fibers and Textiles. High performance fibers, especially the carbon fibers have been of special interest. Research is being conducted with PAN-based and Polyethylene-based precursors for carbon fibers. Melt spinning of thermoplastic polymers and effect of blends and additives in melt spinning is also a subject of current investigation. Other areas of interest include, processing of post-consumer recycled plastics, melt blown and spunbonded nonwovens, biodegradable nonwovens, extrusion coating, nanofibers and microtubes.
Professor and Director UTNRL
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
205 TANDEC BUILDING
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996
Ever since the major investment in nanotechnology in the 1990s, there has been significant advancement in this area with the availability of various products, which have superior properties making them valuable for a wide range of applications.