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Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute

Plant and Soil Science

Texas Tech University




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.


Coming for spring 2011

PSS 5371: Structure and Functionalization of Cotton Fibers

Course description: This course 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.