The Division of Textiles and Clothing is well equipped with behavioral research facilities, textile testing instruments and analytical instrumentation for physico-chemical characterization of textiles and polymers.
Social Sciences Facilities
A behavioral research laboratory, equipped with a one-way observation window, digital studio computer and digital video camcorder and recorder has been developed for studies on consumer decision-making processes and other studies involving experimental tasks or interviews. Additional audio-visual equipment is available which can be used for a variety of studies, ranging from video-ethnography, content analysis, marketing experiments to individual and focus group interviews.
Physical Sciences Facilities
Textile Evaluation: Instron tensile testers, KES surface tester, color spectro-photometers, launderometer, weatherometer, and other equipment for measuring functional and aesthetic properties of textiles according to AATCC, ASTM and ISO standards.
Material Processing: finishing padder, curing oven, dye bath, fiber/film/rod extrusion and take-up system, high-temperature furnace.
Analytical Instruments: Thermal analyzers (DSC, TGA, TMA), UV-vis spectrophotometer, FTIR with microscope and ATR accessory, NIR, gas chromatograph (GC), research microscopes, contact angle goniometer, evaporimeter, porometer, BET surface and pore analyzer, atomic force microscope and size exclusion chromatographs.
Specialty Instruments: Electrospinning system, Mantis single fiber tensile instrument, wetting force tensiometer, phabrometer and interfacial force measurements of single fibers and low-temperature plasma treatment of fibers.
Advanced Instrumentation on Campus
Equipment accessible on campus includes the following: scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), atomic force microscope (AFM), nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (NMR, 1H, 13C, solid state), gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS), atomic absorption spectrophotometer, X-ray fluorescence and diffraction spectrometer, image analyzer, high-energy radiation source, and several extensive computer systems. In addition, a child development laboratory is accessible for studies related to the social and developmental aspects of clothing, and local retailers are supportive of marketing studies and internships.