PSS 5371:Structure and Functionalization of Cotton Fibers (graduate course, 3 credits
– 45 hours per semester).
Course description: This course focuses on the structure, characterization, and functionalization
of cotton fibers. Parameters and properties that affect the quality of the finished
material are discussed. Different techniques used to functionalize the cotton fabric
and create "smart textiles" are explained and evaluated.
PSS 5373: Biopolymers and Bioproducts (graduate course, 3 credits – 45 hours per semester).
Course description: A wide range of naturally occurring polymers (biopolymers) derived
from renewable resources are available for material applications. Bioproducts are
defined as products that are composed in whole or in significant part of renewable
agricultural materials. This course is focused on the chemistry of biopolymers (Cellulose,
Lignin, Hemicellulose, Starch, Chitosan) and their transformation to bio-based products
bioethanol, Biodegradable plastics, Surfactants, etc...). A review of the analytical
techniques used to characterize biopolymers and bioproducts is also performed.
PSS 5370: US and Global Cotton Fiber – Textile Industries (graduate course, 3 credits).
Course description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the problems,
concepts and solutions integral to modern natural fiber production, development and
research by examining factors affecting cotton production, processing, marketing,
and utilization as an industrial raw material for textile manufacturing. As the course
progresses, the student will be exposed to intensive instruction in a variety of economic,
practical, biological and mechanical processes central to the modern cotton and fiber