University Catalog 2023-2024

Fiber & Polymer Science

This multidisciplinary program brings together the disciplines of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering for the development of the independent scholars versed in the fields of polymer, fiber, and textile science. The program is coordinated by the Wilson College of Textiles and leads to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. 

The polymer, fiber, and textile sciences are concerned with polymeric materials and fibers produced from them; textile assemblies in one, two, and three-dimensional forms; and the chemistry of dyeing, finishing, and other wet processes. This broad field of study permits a wide range of useful concentrations. The candidate is expected to concentrate in one area and to acquire a reasonable perspective in other relevant areas. Generally, a student specializes in the areas of (1) polymer chemistry and synthesis, (2) fiber and polymer physics and physical chemistry, (3) the production, processing and properties of fibrous materials, or (4) chemistry of dyes, finishes, and their processes. The student’s research is usually based within one of these areas or another suitable one.

Admission Requirements

Students with a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in a related field may apply to the Fiber and Polymer Science program. Typically the minimum acceptable overall grade point average (GPA) is a 3.0 out of 4.0, based on most current U.S. universities.  Students without a master’s degree may also apply if met the following conditions: 

  1. the undergraduate degree from a well-known and robust research active program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above; 

  2. strong recommendation letters from faculty adviser(s) indicating research experience or suggesting research potential; and 

  3. strong publication record/experience or extensive industry experience in related industry/profession.  

Applicants should plan to take the GRE or GMAT examination, which is required for all applicants. The GRE/GMAT scores should be sent to NC State University electronically and be available online.   

For International students, TOEFL or IELTS is required for the application. Students must rank in a competitive percentile in order to be considered for acceptance into NC State University. 

  • TOEFL:  A total score of 80+ on IBT. Minimum scores of 18 points for each section: or     
  • IELTS:   An overall band score of 6.5+. Minimum scores of 6.5 points for each section

Scholarships and Assistantships

Competitive scholarships and assistantships from the program as well we as the University are available to incoming new students.  All incoming students will be considered for the funding opportunities. No separate application for assistantships/scholarships is needed.



Full Professors

  • Harald Ade
  • Charles M. Balik
  • Roger L. Barker
  • Keith R. Beck
  • Carl L. Bumgardner
  • Timothy Clapp
  • Ahmed Mohamed El-Shafei
  • Peter Fedkiw
  • Harold S. Freeman
  • Jan Genzer
  • A. Blanton Godfrey
  • Maureen Grasso
  • David Hinks
  • Cynthia L. Istook
  • Saad A. Khan
  • Tushar K. Ghosh
  • Russell E. Gorga
  • Christopher B. Gorman
  • Peter J. Hauser
  • Samuel Mack Hudson
  • Warren J. Jasper
  • Jeffrey Allen Joines
  • Martin William King
  • Traci Ann May Lamar
  • Karen Leonas
  • Trevor J. Little
  • Lucian Lucia
  • Marian G. McCord
  • Roger Narayan
  • Melissa Pasquinelli
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi
  • Jon Paul Rust
  • Abdel-fattah Mohamed Seyam
  • Renzo Shamey
  • Richard Spontak
  • Alan E. Tonelli
  • Richard A. Venditti
  • Yingjiao Xu
  • Xiangwu Zhang

Associate Professors

  • Katherine Emma Annett-Hitchcock
  • Pamela Banks-Lee
  • Kristin Anne Barletta
  • Philip Bradford
  • Emiel DenHartog
  • Wei Gao
  • Helmut H. Hergeth
  • George Lawrence Hodge
  • Jesse Stephen Jur
  • Richard Kotek
  • Wendy E. Krause
  • Jerome Lavelle
  • Shuang Lim
  • Kavita Mathur
  • Lokendra Pal
  • Lisa Parrillo-Chapman
  • Sonja Salmon
  • Minyoung Suh
  • Nelson Vinueza

Assistant Professors

  • Xiaomeng Fang
  • Ericka Ford
  • Amanda Mills
  • Robert Ormond
  • Eunkyoung Shim
  • Januka Budhathoki Uprety
  • Rong Yin
  • Mengmeng Zhu

Practice/Research/Teaching Professors

  • Nagendra Anantharamaiah
  • Raymond Earl Fornes
  • Genevieve Garland
  • Dieter Griffis
  • Hechmi Hamouda
  • Benoit Maze
  • Jialong Shen

Emeritus Faculty

  • Subhash K. Batra
  • Robert Alan Donaldson
  • Aly H El-Shiekh
  • Raymond Earl Fornes
  • Perry L. Grady
  • Bhupender S. Gupta
  • Harold B. Hopfenberg
  • Samuel Clyde Winchester Jr
  • Stephen Michielsen
  • Gary N. Mock
  • Mansour H. Mohamed
  • William Oxenham
  • Nancy Powell
  • Suzanne Townsend Purrington
  • William C. Stuckey Jr
  • Carl B. Smith
  • Gary W. Smith
  • Moon Won Suh
  • Michael Herbert Theil
  • Charles Tomasino
  • Carl F. Zorowski

Adjunct Faculty

  • Genevieve Garland
  • Abhay Sham Joijode
  • Mohamad Samir Midani
  • Behnam Pourdeyhimi
  • Orlando Jose Rojas
  • Gisela de Aragao Umbuzeiro
  • Antony Williams
  • Julie Ann Willoughby
  • Bong-Yeol Yeom


FPS 696  Summer Thesis Res  (1 credit hours)  
FPS 710/TC 710  Science of Dye Chemistry, Dyeing, Printing and Finishing  (3 credit hours)  

The primary course purpose is to gain a strong fundamental understanding of the chemistry and technology of preparation, dyes, dyeing and finishes. Emphasis will be on the chemistry of different bleach activators, surfactants, photophysics and photochemistry of FWAs, modulations of dyes structures to influence color, tinctorial strength, light fastness, wash fastness and aggregation. Chemistry of different dye classes will be studied with emphasis on structure-property relationships and dye-fiber interactions. Dyeing isotherms (Nernst and Langmuir), kinetics of dyeing with emphasis on derivation of Nernst and Langmuir based on thermodynamics and kinetics principles will be covered with practical examples of dyeing at different temperature and how to calculate thermodynamic parameters of dyeing (entropy, standard affinity and isotherm constants of Nernst and Langmuir). Chemistry of different finishes, including soil release, chemistry of flame retardants and mechanisms of flame retardancy, antimicrobial and water and oil repellency, will be covered with emphasis on structure-property relationships.

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing and C or better in CH221 or CH225 and CH223 or CH227

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

FPS 750/TTM 750  Advances in Fabric Formation, Structure, and Properties  (3 credit hours)  

The course covers different aspects of the processing of yarns to products (braided, knitted, woven, and their composites) and the interrelation between the production mechanics and structure, geometry and properties of fiber assembly. Topics in the field are assigned and each student is expected to thoroughly study the topics and write critical papers based on structured assignments and specific questions. Conduct projects from concept to fabric formation, analyses, and evaluation.

Corequisite: TT 550 or TT 551 (or TT 451) or equivalent

Typically offered in Spring only

FPS 770  Advances in Polymer Science  (3 credit hours)  

This course provides an overview of the unique features of polymer materials that distinguish them from those composed of small-molecules or atoms (Polymer Physics) and the connections between their detailed molecular structures and their properties which produce distinctions between them (Polymer Chemistry).

Restriction: Graduate Standing in Fiber and Polymer Science, Textile Chemistry, Textile Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics, or by permission of the instructor.

Typically offered in Fall only

FPS 792  Special Topics in Fiber Science  (1-6 credit hours)  
FPS 801  Seminar  (1 credit hours)  

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

FPS 830  Independent Study  (1-3 credit hours)  

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

FPS 876  Special Project in Fiber and Polymer Sciences  (1-12 credit hours)  

Typically offered in Fall only

FPS 885  Doctoral Supervised Teaching  (1-3 credit hours)  

Teaching experience under the mentorship of faculty who assist the student in planning for the teaching assignment, observe and provide feedback to the student during the teaching assignment, and evaluate the student upon completion of the assignment.

Prerequisite: Doctoral student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

FPS 890  Doctoral Preliminary Exam  (1-9 credit hours)  

For students who are preparing for and taking written and/or oral preliminary exams.

Prerequisite: Doctoral student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

FPS 893  Doctoral Supervised Research  (1-9 credit hours)  

Instruction in research and research under the mentorship of a member of the Graduate Faculty.

Prerequisite: Doctoral student

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

FPS 895  Doctoral Dissertation Research  (1-9 credit hours)  

Dissertation research.

Prerequisite: Doctoral student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

FPS 896  Summer Dissertation Research  (1 credit hours)  

For graduate students whose programs of work specify no formal course work during a summer session and who will be devoting full time to thesis research.

Prerequisite: Doctoral student

Typically offered in Summer only

FPS 899  Doctoral Dissertation Preparation  (1-9 credit hours)  

For students who have completed all credit hour, full-time enrollment, preliminary examination, and residency requirements for the doctoral degree, and are writing and defending their dissertations.

Prerequisite: Doctoral student

Typically offered in Fall and Spring