Fiber and Films
Clemson University researchers have developed a computational fabrication system that allows for the customization of material properties of fabrics at a larger scale. By utilizing a novel path planning algorithm, the system creates a stitch design that, when added to the fabric, changes the stiffness of the material based on the design needs.
Inventor: Dr. Victor Zordan
Advanced Materials, Biotechnology
This fiber modification uses channels with re-entrant features in the shape of repeating trapezoids to create highly repellent textiles that resist attraction of both water and liquid chemicals, solvents, and oils.
Inventor: Philip Brown, Quoc Truong, Nicole Hoffman
Agriculture, Manufacturing, Sustainable Energy
These composites chemically combine abundant agricultural and petrochemical wastes, allowing for practical reduction of inert wastes that can be used to either supplement or replace traditional construction materials.
Inventor: Dr. Rhett C. Smith, Dr. Andrew G. Tennyson