Gajanan S. Bhat
Professor - Materials Science and Engineering
Director – UT Nonwovens Research Laboratory
The University of Tennessee
After earning his MS and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in textile and polymer engineering, Dr. Bhat accepted a position at Image Carpets, Rome, GA where he helped improve the process of converting recycled PET into fibers for carpets. He joined the University of Tennessee, in August 1990, where his research covers nonwovens - melt blown, spunbonded and biodegradable, plastics recycling, nanotechnology, sustainable materials, and high performance fibers. He has also conducted research at Edwards Air Force Base, CA 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 meltblowing process. In addition to mentoring several masters and doctoral students, Dr. Bhat has published more than 200 research 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; 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.
His research covers nonwovens - melt blown, spunbonded and biodegradable, plastics recycling, nanotechnology, sustainable materials, and high performance fibers.