International Textile Center becomes Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute
June 27, 2008
Official name change to encompass growing field of fiber and cotton research at Texas
Written by Cory Chandler
The objective of the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute is to foster greater
use of the natural fibers and increase textile manufacturing in Texas.
In a move to better reflect the increasingly sophisticated molecular cotton and fiber
research conducted through its facilities, the International Textile Center announced
its decision to change its name to the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute (FBRI)
This follows the review and approval of College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural
Resources Dean John Burns, Provost William Marcy and other Texas Tech officials.
“The new name was chosen to better communicate our research mission,” said M. Dean
Ethridge, FBRI’s managing director. “Our efforts to enhance the economic value of
cotton as an industrial raw material have increasingly involved research at the structural
and molecular levels. From a structural/molecular viewpoint, cotton is an iconic
example of a biopolymer. We believe the decisive technological advances of the future
will come from such research and we are determined to help achieve breakthroughs
that will secure cotton’s future as a dominant global fiber, as well as Texas’ position
as a major supplier to the global market.”
Additionally, the FBRI building has undergone recent renovation - enlarging the Materials
Evaluation Laboratory and creating the institute’s new Biopolymer Research Laboratory
The BRL is fundamental to the institute’s longstanding mission to add value to natural
fibers produced in Texas and an integral part of a growing collaboration with plant
breeders, geneticists and biotechnologists. As always, the knowledge gleaned in the
newly improved fiber and biopolymer research laboratories is verified and augmented
by the yarn spinning and other processing laboratories at the institute.
FBRI is part of the Department of Plant & Soil Science
in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
To contact FBRI personnel, call (806) 742-5333 or fax (806) 742-5343.
The institute is located at 1001 East Loop 289