Gajanan S. Bhat

The University of Tennessee, USA


Gajanan Bhat, after earning his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Ga, USA, in textile and polymer engineering, accepted a position at Image Carpets, Rome, Ga, where he helped improve the process of converting recycled PET into fibers for carpets. He then joined the University of Tennessee, in August 1990, where his research covers nonwovens, melt blown, spun bonded and biodegradable, plastics recycling, sustainable materials, and high performance fibers. He has also conducted research at Edwards Air Force Base on specialty fibers and NASA/MSFC on multifunctional composites. As the Director of the University of Tennessee Nonwovens Research Laboratory (UTNRL), he has focused on production of nanofibers from thermoplastic polymers by the melt blowing process. In addition to mentoring several M.S. and Ph.D. degree students, Dr. Bhat has published about 200 papers and has three US Patents. In recognition of his achievements, he was inducted as an Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni by the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1996 and received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Fiber Society in 1999. In 2005, he was elected as a Fellow of the Textile Institute, and in 2008, he received the TechniTex India Research Achievement Award. He has served as the President of the Fiber Society and is an active member of INDA, TAPPI, and the Textile Institute.

Biography Updated on 3 January 2013

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