Texas Tech University
Dr. Abidi is Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science and Associate Director of the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute at Texas Tech University. He holds a “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” from the University of Haute Alsace in France and a Ph.D. from the University of Montpellier II in France. Dr. Abidi has generated more than 58 refereed journal publications, 1 book, 10 book chapters, more than 123 conference papers, 1 patent, 1 provisional patent, and 6 invention disclosures. The research focus of Dr. Abidi span from the characterization of biopolymers using advanced techniques (such as Fourier Transform Infrared imaging) to the development of bioproducts from biopolymers.
Research activities for Dr. Abidi are now encompassing: (1) chemistry of sugars involved in cotton stickiness and evaluation of new stickiness detection method based on sugar properties, (2) Relationship between cotton fiber physical properties (ex. strength, fineness and maturity) and structural properties (ex. crystallinity and fibril orientation), (3) Study of cotton fiber development using FTIR microspectroscopy, (4) Functionalization of cotton fabric surface and development of new products with new functional properties (ex. Ultraviolet protection properties, antibacterial, stain resistant, water repellent, winkle free), using Microwave plasma and sol-gel technologies.