Dr. Noureddine Abidi joined the FBRI in September 1999 as a Research Associate working in chemical finishes and textile chemistry. He earned his bachelor degree in chemistry and master degree in polymer chemistry. He earned advanced degree in Polymers, Interfaces and Amorphous State and Ph.D. in Theoretical, Physical and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Montpellier II in Montpellier, France and then did two postdoctoral studies at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of Condensed Matter at the University of Montpellier II and at the Material and Membrane Processes Laboratory, National College of Chemical Engineering of Montpellier. In September 2000, Dr. Abidi was promoted to Head of Finishes/Chemical Research. Dr. Abidi also holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor for the Departmant of Plant and Soil Science.
Research activities for Dr. Abidi are now encompassing: (1) chemistry of sugars involved in cotton stickiness and evaluation of new stickiness detection method based on sugar properties, (2) Relationship between cotton fiber physical properties (ex. strength, fineness and maturity) and structural properties (ex. crystallinity and fibril orientation), (3) Study of cotton fiber development using FTIR microspectroscopy, (4) Functionalization of cotton fabric surface and development of new products with new functional properties (ex. Ultraviolet protection properties, antibacterial, stain resistant, water repellent, winkle free), using Microwave plasma and sol-gel technologies.