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Recorded November 30, 2016
Presented by Seshadri Ramkumar Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Sustainability 360 should take into account environmental, economic and energy sustainability. Within these three pillars of sustainability, factors such as processing, material cost, and labor need careful consideration. Sustainable approaches, from raw material to manufacturing, will influence the textile industry. Although attempts have been made to utilize less fossil fuel based materials and approaches, much more needs to be achieved in this area.
This presentation will look into sustainability with the utilization of raw materials, and new and yet to be established methods in textile manufacturing with a focus on plasma processing.
Seshadri Ramkumar Ph.D.
Dr. Ramkumar is currently a full professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University. His research focuses on developing value-added materials using nonwoven and nanotechnology. He supervises the Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, TTU. He currently holds two US patents and two US pending applications. He is the editor of a comprehensive magazine on technical textiles: Nonwoven and Technical Textiles that will be published from Fall 2007. He is the editorial board chairman of Nonwoven and Technical Textiles Journal. He serves in the editorial boards of three international peer-reviewed journals. He is the Co-chairman of The Association of Nonwoven Industry’s India committee. He has successfully organized four international conferences on advances in fibrous materials. To date, he has graduated 13 MS and PhD students at Texas Tech University. His research on nonwoven decontamination wipe has resulted in technology transfer and will be commercialized very soon.
Dr. Ramkumar is an active member of AATCC and he is a frequent presenter at the AATCC International Conference and other Association programs.