Textile Technology section
HS Niederrhein: Robert Groten cooperates with NCSU
Prof. Dr. Robert Groten, Professor of Technical Textiles at Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (HSNR), Mönchengladbach/Germany, is since September 2020 also “Adjunct Full Professor of North Carolina State University and the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science in the Wilson College of Textiles”.
Prof. Groten and Prof. Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi, founder of the Nonwovens Center at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC/USA, which later became The Nonwovens Institute (NWI), Raleigh, have known each other for more than 20 years. Pourdeyhimi proposed Groten, who had been on NCSU's Industrial Academic Advisory Board (IAB) for several years, to NCSU as an adjunct professor.
Among other things, Pourdeyhimi developed microfilament nonwovens based on islands-in-the-sea at NCSU. Groten is working at Freudenberg SE, Weinheim/Germany, on the development of microfilament nonwovens based on segmented filaments with a pie geometry. Both share the goal of one day being able to produce high-quality, durable clothing from microfilament nonwovens.
In 2019, the first HSNR student did her research internship and Master’s thesis at the NWI on “Production of comfortable, decorative, light and durable garment out of bicomponent-fiber nonwovens”. Another HSNR student is currently doing an internship and his Master’s thesis on the topic of efficiency of mouth-nose protection masks at NCSU.
The work will be rounded off by a joint publication in the Journal of Science and Medicine.
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Texas Tech: decontamination wipe finds new use helping animals
Anyone with a dog knows what happens when the animal gets wet: the big shake that throws water all over everyone and everything nearby. But what happens if the dog is covered in something more hazardous than water? It also gets thrown all over everyone and everything nearby.
A decontamination wipe from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX/USA, to clean up toxic agents, FiberTect was conceived for military applications but has since expanded into oil spills and, now, animal operations. It provides a better solution than the diluted-dish-soap-and-water method currently used to clean animals, which is messy, distressing to the animals – even in warm weather, let alone the freezing temperatures of winter – and leaves a huge amount of contaminated water to dispose of.
As with all decontamination, speed is key. FiberTect can be immediately deployed to animal owners to easily decontaminate their own service animals, working dogs or companion pets. Because it is intrinsically safe and intuitive to use, it requires no prior training to effectively perform bulk decontamination.
With its flexible design, FiberTect is made in large format pads, perforated rolls and sewn into mitts allowing for a growing list of uses.
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