Biopolymer Research Group
Welcome to the Biopolymer Research Group at the Fiber and
Biopolymer Research Institute, Department of Plant and Soil Science (Texas
Tech University). Our research objectives are aimed at: (1) increasing the
knowledge and understanding of cellulose and other biopolymers
structures,(2) exploring the links between polymer structure and physical
properties, (3) functionalizing surfaces such as textiles and bioplastics to
impart new properties. This is fundamemtal to the FBRI's longstanding
mission to add value to natural fibers in Texas. Furthermore, it is an
integral part of a growing collaboration with plant geneticists and biotechnologists.
5371: Structure and
Functionalization of Cotton Fibers
focuses on the structure, characterization, and
functionalization of cotton fibers. Parameters and properties
that affect the quality of the finished material are discussed.
Different techniques used to functionalize the cotton fabric and
create “smart textiles” are explained and evaluated.