Awards (updated May 4, 2019)

AATCC Technical Committee on Research Service Award presented

Gina Sloan received the 2019 AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) Service Award for her leadership of AATCC’s RA31 Antimicrobial Activity Test Methods research committee. She was recognized at the AATCC International Conference Awards Luncheon on April 11, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Gina Sloan

Sloan joined AATCC in 2011 and became chair of RA31 in 2012. She served in a leadership position on this committee through 2018. Under Sloan’s guidance, the committee actively influenced the textile chemistry field. Committee projects included conferences and development of several new test methods. The group also reviewed and suggested revisions of established methods, notably, AATCC TM100, Antibacterial Finishes on Textile Materials: Assessment of. During Sloan’s tenure as chair, RA31 established liaisons with other AATCC research committees to work on projects related to odor.

Sloan has been a member of AATCC RA23, Colorfastness to Water Test Methods since 2016. She served on TCR from 2016 through 2018 and AATCC C2-S1, International Test Methods from 2015 through 2018. 

Sloan began at Microban International in 2011 and is currently Director of Innovations. She holds a BS in Biology from Western Carolina University, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from Wake Forest University.                                                                                                                          

The Award

The Technical Committee on Research Service Award was established in 2008 to recognize those members who have contributed greatly to the AATCC organization in a technical capacity. Senior members of the Association with at least five years of continuous membership in AATCC, who have contributed outstanding technical service to the Association through activity in a research committee, are eligible. Selection is by unanimous choice of the TCR Service Award Committee composed of the current chair, vice chair, and secretary of the Technical Committee on Research (TCR), as well as the chair of the Executive Committee on Research (ECR). The Award consists of a plaque and an honorarium, presented at the International Conference.

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.

Nominees for 2019 FILTREX Innovation Award announced

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, Freudenberg, Math2Market and Welspun India have all been shortlisted for the FILTREX™ Innovation Award, with the winner to be announced at FILTREX, the leading nonwovens filter media event to be held 14 – 15 May in Berlin.

The award recognises the efforts of nonwoven based filtration producers, honouring their continuous momentum in the search for new solutions and sustained high standards. Each nominee will present their entry at FILTREX™ on Tuesday the 14th.

The nominees are:

Extia® 1000 by Ahlstrom-Munksjö

Extia® is a 100% synthetic, highly durable, pulse cleanable filter media, designed to last longer in all operating conditions. Extia® can extend filtration lifetime, whilst effectively removing coarse particulates at a lower level of pressure drop.

micronAir® Gas Shield by Freudenberg

The newest innovation from Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ to reliably  protect passengers against harmful gases and unpleasant odours, micronAir® Gas Shield is a premium activated carbon selection for automotive cabin air filters. Three regionally customized activated carbon combinations are available to adsorb the most harmful gases and unpleasant odours.

FiberFind-AI module of GeoDict software by Math2Market

The innovative and easy-to-use material simulator GeoDict® is the most complete solution for multi-scale 3D image processing and material modelling. FiberFind uses modelled nonwoven microstructures to train a neural network to label binder with artificial 3-D scans. After training, the neural network also recognizes the binder in 3-D scans of real nonwovens.

Welstrat by Welspun

Designed for industrial filtration, Welstrat is a singed and calendared specialty needlefelt, suitable for mid temperature ranges from 140° to 180°C. Welstrat offers excellent acid, alkali and hydrolysis resistance. High air permeability and lower mean pore size results in better efficiency and less energy consumption.

EDANA serves more than 250 companies across 36 countries in the nonwovens and related industries, helping its members to design their future. The association’s mission is to create the foundation for sustainable growth of the nonwovens and related industries through active promotion, education and dialogue.