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2020 DNFI Innovation Award presented to Noureddine Abidi

Melanie Jackson

October 13, 2020

Dr. Noureddine Abidi has been awarded the 2020 Discover Natural Fibres Initiative Innovation Award.

The Discover Natural Fibres Initiative (DNFI) is an international organization formed with the goal to promote the use of natural fibers by facilitating education, providing an industry network, recognizing achievements, and organizing international speaking opportunities.

The DNFI Innovation Award is a competitive designation which recognizes the individuals and institutions behind the most exciting achievements in the natural fiber sector around the world. Evaluation criteria for the award include outstanding scientific work, technical feasibility, relative extent of improvement on existing processes, and the development of new market potential for natural fibers.

The award highlights Abidi's work on developing bioplastics from low-grade cotton, providing a biodegradable and waste-reductive alternative to conventional methods.  Read more about the 2020 award from DNFI, and check out other sources that have recently shone a spotlight on the innovative research.