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Enabling Materials of the Future

Based at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University, The Nonwovens Institute (NWI) is a partnership among stakeholders spanning the breadth of the nonwovens value chain. Operating on an “Open Innovation” platform and covering the full Technology Readiness Level (TRL) range, NWI engages industry, government and academia to enable next-generation nonwoven solutions to mission-critical challenges.

Student Spotlight:
Nishant Bhatta, Flow-less Coalescence Filtration Experiment

Nishant is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University. Nishant’s research project focuses on the use of centrifugal force to decouple the saturation profile from airflow in a partially wetted coalescing media to isolate the role of the nonwoven’s microstructure in promoting/preventing fluid transport.

Nishant Bhatta, The Nonwovens Institute, NC State University

“The Institute will continuously strive to be the global leader in research, education and outreach for the nonwovens and affiliated industries.” 

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Member Profile:

NatureWorks has been a member of NWI since 2006 and is proud to have supported the Institute over the years, including through the volunteer efforts of its employees in NWI Leadership roles.  Early in the global COVID-19 pandemic, NatureWorks supplied their Ingeo PLA-based polymers that allowed NWI to economically meet the needs for face-mask filter media to serve the NCSU / Raleigh community. 

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