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TIEHH Nets U.S. Army Funding For Fibertect® R&D

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, Texas, has received a $1.1 million research award from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command to continue funding the Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr. National Program for Countermeasures to Biological and Chemical Threats.

Fibertect® mitts can be used to decontaminate personal protective equipment.
Photo courtesy of First Line Technology

The funding includes $90,000 for further improvements to Fibertect® nonwoven decontamination wipe technology, developed in 2005 by a research team led by Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, manager of TIEHH's Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory, to meet the U.S. Department of Defense's need for a wipe that would absorb and neutralize gases and liquids used in chemical warfare. The U.S. military is using the technology to produce a low-cost decontamination wipe. Last year, the TIEHH team re-engineered the wipe — which is made from raw cotton and carbon — to absorb oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The continued support will help researchers develop more applications for Fibertect, including civilian and commercial applications.

September/October 2011