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The team at OSM Shield is at the forefront of textile innovation. While engaging with leading Doctorate professors from North Carolina State University, under private sector consulting agreements, the OSM innovation team has assembled an impressive innovation platform. This collaboration is resourceful and forward thinking. 


The OSM Innovation Center, located in Denver, CO, is charged with providing technology support for ongoing production initiatives while also dedicating flex time to new innovations and technologies. OSM Shield also has a Testing and Services Agreement with the NC State pilot lab to facilitate additional research projects.


Technologies referenced in the WTIN article:                         


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North Carolina STATE


North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles is recognized as the #1 textile university in the world. OSM Shield is proud to utilize NC State and the NC State team as our research and development resource partner. 


Dr. Peter Hauser


Use of Cationized Cotton to Improve Cotton Dyeing Processes

Chemical Finishes for High Performance Textiles

Repellent Finishes

Soil Release Finishes

Flame Retardant Finishes

Indigo Dyeing

Denim Garment Processing

Mathematical Modeling of Textile Wet Processes

Reducing Pollution from Textile Wet Processing

Use of Cyclodextrins in Textile Application

Dr. Hauser was recently named the 2017 Olney Award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Textile Chemistry. 

The Olney Medal is the highest scientific award handed out by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC).

After receiving his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Chemistry at North Carolina State University, Dr. Hauser began a career as an industrial research chemist that spanned twenty four years and included positions with several textile manufacturers and textile chemical producers. He holds ten U.S. patents in the areas of soil release, flame retardancy, and low pollution dyeing. He has traveled extensively in the United States, Latin America, and China providing technical assistance to textile manufacturers in all areas of textile wet processing. In 1997, Dr. Hauser joined the faculty of the College of Textiles. He has published extensively in the textile chemistry literature and is the co-author of “Chemical Finishing of Textiles” published by Woodhead Publishing of Cambridge, England.


  1. Hauser, P.J. (2015). Innovations in Textile Machinery: Wet Processing. Textile World , 26-28.

  2. Edwards, B., S. Rudolf, P.J. Hauser, and A. El-Shafe (2015). Preparation, Polymerization and Performance Evaluation of Halogen-Free Radiation Curable Flame Retardant Monomers for Cotton Substrates. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research , 54 (2) , 557-584.

  3. Wang, Z., P.J. Hauser, and O.J. Rojas (2015). Study on Charge Distribution of Carboxymethylated Cotton Fabric by Streaming Potential/Current Measurements. AATCC Journal of Research , 2 (2) , 13-19.

  4. Yuan, H. and P.J. Hauser (2014). Synthesis of a Bi-functional Cationic Agent and its Application in Cotton Dyeing,. AATCC Journal of Research , 1 (2) , 8-12.

  5. Vargantwar, P., and P.J. Hauser (2014). Novel Treatment for Preparation and Characterization of Carboxymethyl Cellulose. AATCC Journal of Research , 13 (1) , 1-5.


Dr. AHMED el-Shafei


  • Innovative and  sustainable chemistry approaches for sustainable dyeing and finishing including foam applications.

  • Use of atmospheric plasma and UV treatment for graft polymerization of different monomers into different polymeric substrates to enhance polymer functionalities for medical and military applications.

  • Fundamental understanding of the photochemistry and photodegradation mechanisms of dyes, polymers, fibers and colored fabrics and films

  • Developments of novel halogen-free flame retardant monomers for natural and thermoplastic fibers

  • Developments of novel panchromatic photosensitizers for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells  

Ahmed El-Shafei is a Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science and the Program Director of Polymer and Color Chemistry in Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science and a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from NC State University.

Dr. El-Shafei is a recognized author of over 220 scholarly articles and awards winner of many scholarly achievements including Nancy Pollock Dissertation Award, the best Ph.D. dissertation award in 2002, University Faculty Scholar Award and Outstanding Teacher Award.  He is an editor/associate editor of six journals, including a subject editor for the Journal of Textile Institute (Dyeing and Finishing), a lead editor for a special issue entitled: "Functional Dyes", Journal of Chemistry, associate editor for Open Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, editor  for  Open  Journal  of  Synthesis, Theory and Applications, a guest editor for Advanced OptoElectronics, a special issue on "Intelligent Materials for Novel Generation of Solar Cells”, and an editor of Journal of Forensic Investigation.


  1. Pelin Altay, Nevin Gursoy, Peter Hauser, Ahmed El-Shafei, Facile Synthesis of a Novel, Highly Effective, More Sustainable and Cost-effective Cationic Bleach Activator for Cotton: N-[4-(N,N,N)-triethylammoniumchloride-butyryl] caprolactam, Cellulose, 2018, DOI: 10.1007/s10570-018-02224-9

  2. Jihye Lim, Malgorzata Szymczyk, Nahid Mehraban, Yi Ding, Lisa Parrillo-Chapman, Ahmed El-Shafei, Harold S. Freeman, Molecular and excited state properties of isomeric scarlet disperse dyes, Journal of Molecular Structure,

  3. Kiarash Arangdad, Andrew Detwiler, Curtis D. Cleven, Christopher Burk, Renzo Shamey, Melissa A. Pasquinelli, Harold Freeman, Ahmed El-Shafei, Photodegradation of Co-Polyester Films: A Mechanistic Study, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 2018, DOI: 10.1002/app.47148

  4. Yi Ding, Nahid Mehraban, Malgorzata Szymczyk, Lisa Parrillo-Chapman, Ahmed El-Shafei, Harold S. Freeman, Molecular and excited state properties of photostable anthraquinone blue dyes for hydrophobic fibers, Journal of Molecular Structure, 1181, 2019, 109-11

  5. Amsarani Ramamoorthy, Hany Helmy, Rajeev, Rajbhandari, Peter, Hauser, Ahmed El-Shafei, Plasma Induced Graft Polymerization of Cationic and Fluorocarbon Monomers into Cotton: Enhanced Dyeability, Repellency and Photostability, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2016, DOI: 10.1021/acs.iecr.6b01069.

  6. Ahmed El-Shafei, Hany Helmy, Amsarani Ramamoorthy and Peter Hauser, Nanolayer Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Graft Polymerization of Durable Repellent Finishes on Cotton, Journal of Coatings Technology and Research, 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s11998-015-9665-4.


DR. ABDEl-fattah 




Nanosciences, Surface Modification, Fibers and Polymers, Technical Textiles and Textile Structures, Health and Safety, Educational Innovation


Established Research Areas: Mechanics of Woven Fabrics, Carding Dynamics, Needlepunching Process and Products, Direct Garment Manufacturing using Meltblowing and Robotic Technologies, Smart Electrotextiles, Computer Simulation and Formation of Nonwovens using Electrostatic Field, Applications of MEMS in Textiles, Static Generation/Dissipation on Polymeric and Textiles’ Surfaces, Modeling of the Hydroentanglement Process, Fiber Reinforced Composites from High Performance Fibers and Sustainable Biodegradable Natural Fibers and Resins, Protection of High Performance Fibers from UV, Jacquard Fabrics on Demand, Seamless Shaped Garments and Medical Textiles.

Dr. Seyam has been in the faculty of the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at NC State College of Textiles since 1991. He has also been an Instructor at both Alexandria University and Mansoura University, Egypt, and a Research Engineer for Burlington Industries, North Carolina, and a Project Manager for Valdese Textiles in Valdese, North Carolina.

Dr. Seyam teaches fabric formation and structures at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He teaches short courses and workshops in advanced woven fabric design, nonwovens and new developments in weaving and weaving preparation technologies.

Dr. Seyam has mentored 111 Master and Doctoral students (90 Chair/Co-Chair and 21 member), and 25 international visitors (Post Doc, Visiting Scholars, and Trainees). Dr. Seyam’s effective mentorship and advising has guided his students to reach their full potential and contribute intellectually to their research. He prepares students to be leaders in their fields. His former students, trainees, and visiting scholars are holding high positions in academic institutions, government agencies, and industry in North America, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and South America. Their accomplishments (publications, presentations, patents, product development, etc.) are impressive.

Dr. Seyam has published as co-author with his students and national/international collaborators and as sole author (238 papers: 97 refereed journals, 25 scholarly, 109 conference, 3 books and 4 book chapters) and presented (157 conference and in-plant presentations plus 71 poster presentations) extensively. He authored two user-friendly computer software packages with extensive codes for manufacturing and engineering woven structures for two of his former employers. He is co-inventor of 4 patents in cold weather systems and electrotextiles and filed 12 invention disclosures.


  1. Hamouda, T., Seyam, A.M., and Peters, K., (2015). Polymer Optical Fibers Integrated Directly into 3D Orthogonal Woven Composites for Sensing. Journal of Smart Materials and Structures , 24 , 1-11.

  2. Seyam, A.M., Oxenham, W., and Theyson, T. (2015). Antistatic and electrically-conductive finishes for textiles, Chapter in Functional Finishes for Textiles: Improving Comfort, Performance and Protection. . Cambridge, UK : Woodhead Publishing Limited.

  3. Ince, M.E., Seyam, A.M., and Mohamed, M.H., (2014). Generalized Geometric Modeling of 3D Orthogonal Woven Preforms: The Rectangular Cross Section Case. Future Technical Textiles Conference . Publisher: Istanbul, Turkey.

  4. Seyam, A.M. and Ince, M.E. (2014). Impact Resistance of 3D Orthogonal Woven Fabric Reinforced Composites in Terms of Coupon Location during Resin Infusion. ICTN 2014 . Publisher: IIT Delhi : New Delhi, India.

  5. Seyam A.M. and Ince, M. E., (2014). the Effect of Fiber Packing on Physical Properties of 3D Orthogonal Woven Preforms: Theoretical Study. 14th AUTEX . Publisher: Bursa, Turkey.



OSM Shield has a Testing and Service Agreement with North Carolina State University whereby OSM Shield has access to both laboratory and commercial textile equipment located at the College of Textiles. This Testing and Service Agreement is supervised by Jeffrey Krauss. Jeff has over 12 years of private sector industry experience at Burlington Industries, and has managed the NC State research facilities for 21 years.

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