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Purpose/Impact

Three project teams were awarded grants from the FIT-SBU Seed Funding Projects. The following is a brief summary of the research projects and their respective faculty members.

Advanced Textile Materials with Selective Wetting Dynamics.

This project focused on surfaces that selectively absorb and repel water and different oils. These materials could be used for military clothing, packaging materials, membranes for water-oil separation, and fibers for fog-water collection.

Next Generation of Wearable Electronics on Textile: Carbon Fiber Textile as Flexible Supercapacitor Electrodes.

The team studied a novel energy-storage material that is soft and flexible and therefore could be embedded into clothing.

Waste to Feedstock: Green Chemistry Degradation of Cotton Muslin Waste to Cellulosic Precursors for Circular Economy Textiles and Biomaterials.  

The team experimented with a chemical process to break down muslin and reconstruct the resultant cellulose into a new fiber. This environmentally benign process, using low temperatures, physical agitation, and mild citric-based solutions, could be used to recycle textiles with zero waste.

Outcomes/Accomplishments

Each of the research teams sees an opportunity for either product commercialization and/or further opportunities to expand the outcome of the research. The project was so successful, the FIT and Stony Brook Seed Funding project is taking on new proposals for spring 2019.

Status Update

On October 23, FIT hosted a luncheon for the researchers who received the seed funding. During this luncheon, the research teams presented their project findings while sharing ideas on how SBU and FIT might continue to partner on this effort. The research teams are in the process of pursuing additional funding sources to further their research.

PROJECT TEAM AND PARTNERS   

Advanced Textile Materials with Selective Wetting Dynamics.  

Carlos Colosqui, Department of Mechanical Engineering, SBU CEAS

Ajoy Sarkar, Textile Development and Marketing, FIT

Next Generation of Wearable Electronics on Textile: Carbon Fiber Textile as Flexible Supercapacitor Electrodes.  

Vladimir Samuilov, Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, SBU CEAS

Karen Pearson, Science and Mathematics, FIT

 Waste to Feedstock:  Green Chemistry Degradation of Cotton Muslin Waste to Cellulosic Precursors for Circular Economy Textiles and Biomaterials

Gary Halada, Material Science and Chemical Engineering, SBU CEAS

Asta Skocir, Fashion Design and Theanne Schiros, Science and Mathematics, FIT

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