Breadcrumb Navigation:

Textiles Home > About > Find People > People Detail 

Dr. Stephen Michielsen (Steve)

Director of Professional Development of Graduate Scholars

Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science

Stephen Michielsen

Phone: 919-515-1414
Address: 2401 Research Dr.
Room: 3312 | Map Location

Research Areas

Surface modification of polymers, nanotechnology, smart polymers, nonwovens, structure/property/process relationships, Raman spectroscopy of polymers, polymer physics.

In particular, we try to covalently bond 1-10 nm thick coatings onto polymerics surfaces to introduce new functionality. My research group has developed antimicrobial treatments, and superhydrophobic materials (with water contact angles as high as 178 degrees). We have increased surface electrical charges, dye-sites, and stain resistance. We are currently working on ways to enhance electrical conductivity, UV and NIR absorption, and signalling characteristics for sensors. Of particular interest is the interplay of materials science with polymer physics using polymer chemistry to impart the desired functionalilty.

Most Recent Publications

1. Wang, Y., Michielsen, S., Lee, H.J., (2013). Capillary Profiles of Liquid Bridges between Two Parallel Surfaces. Langmuir , 29 , 11028-11037.

2. Yilmaz, N. D., Michielsen, S., Banks-Lee, P., Powell, N. (2012). Effects of Material and Treatment Parameters on Noise Control Performance of Compressed Three-Layered Multi-Fiber Needle-Punched Nonwovens. Journal of Applied Polymer Science , 123 , 2095-2106.

3. Du, J., Michielsen, S., Lee, H. J. (2012). Profiles of Liquid Drops at the Bottom of Cylindrical Fibers Standing on Flat Substrates. , 28 (722-728) .

4. Light Activated Antiviral Materials and Devices and Methods for Decontaminating Virus Infected Environments, P-No. 146398 - Michielsen, S., Churchward, G., Bozja, J, Stojilkovic, I. (2011). Singapore .

5. Du, J., Michielsen, S., & Lee, H.J. (2011). Profiles of Liquid Drops at the Bottom of Cylindrical Fibers Standing on Flat Substrates. Langmuir , 27 .

List All Publications

Dr. Michielsen received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1979 working with Prof. Stuart A. Rice. He did a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Chemistry Department at Stanford University under the direction of Prof. Robert Pecora. He then joined DuPont at the Experimental Station in the Polymer Products Department in 1980. In 1990, he moved to DuPont Fibers. Then in 1995, he joined the faculty of the School of Textile and Fiber Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 2004, he moved to North Carolina State University in the Department of Textile and Apparel Technology and Management and then in 2008, he moved to the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science in the College of Textiles, where he resides today.

Recently, Dr. Michielsen has invented an antiviral fabric with collaborators at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). A new spinoff company, LaamScience, has licensed this material from NC State University to bring it to the marketplace.

His current research involves surface modification of fibers for a wide range of applications including medical textiles, superhydrophobic materials, antimicrobial textiles, and enzyme immobilized textiles. Dr. Michielsen emphasizes the theoretical understanding of physical and chemical phenomena on textiles combined with experimental verification and extension of these theories. His work on superhydrophobicity is aimed at preventing wetting of textiles. The flip side of this is enhanced wetting, for which Dr. Michielsen has been awarded funding by the National Institute of Justice to study bloodspatter on textiles.

TT 105 Introduction to Textiles

TT 341 Knitted Fabric Technology

TMS 762 Physical Properties of Fiber Forming Polymers, Fibers and Fibrous Structures


Edmir Silva

Yongxin Wang

Joo Ran Kim

Wenwen Zhang

Lun Lou

Namrata Parekh

Subramaniam Iyer

Yue Zhu

Sarah Paluskiewicz

Keyah Barksdale

Superoleophobic Textiles

Wetting Behavior of Single Fibers

Durable Antistatic Polyester Fabrics

Water Solubility of Polymer Bound Dyes

Photostability of Dyes

Surface Modification of Polymers

Enzyme Immobilization on Fiber Surfaces
Bloodspatter Analysis on Textile Substrates



Ph. D. Physical Chemistry, University of Chicago, 1979.

B.S. Chemistry, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1972.

The Fiber Society - Treasurer

American Chemical Society

American Physical Society