Majid SarmadiRothermel Bascom Professor

As the Rothermel Bascom Professor in the School of Human Ecology, I direct the Textile Science specialization graduate degree in School of Human Ecology’s Design Studies program and engage graduate students in the Materials Science graduate program. My research and teaching areas include chemical properties and structures of textile fibers, plasma modifications of materials, recycling of polymeric materials, sustainability, textile flammability, wettability, dyeing, finishing, and identification of historic dyes.

I am the author or co-author of more than 75 scientific papers, and I hold three patents in the area of plasma processing of polymeric materials and plasma technology. I have consulted for textile and related industries, state procurement offices, and judicial systems on issues such as wettability, dyeability, flammability, and minimum specifications for carpet and other textile materials, including carpet specifications for the Los Angeles Community College District, which serves more than 220,000 students with a building budget of $5.7 billion. This work earned “best practices” recognition from professional publications. My Sustainable Carpet Project saved more than $40 million for the State of California on one contract alone and received 16 high-profile awards, including from the Governor of California, the Senate and Assembly of California, the Mayor of Los Angeles, and the U.S. Congress.

For a complete list of publications and research please see my CV

Recent press

UW experts design masks for campus from scratchUW News, August 26, 2020
Pantone announces Color of the Year: Yellow and greySpectrum 1 News, December 27, 2020
Masks 101: How to choose and care for themWisconsin Public Radio, September 7, 2020
Classic blue: Pantone Color of the Year 2020Channel 3000 News, December 11, 2019
Lawmaker proposing adding pink as option for huntersDaily American, November 22, 2019
What’s in our shoes and clothes?Wisconsin Public Radio, August 13, 2019
A look inside the clothes we wearWisconsin Public Radio, May 25, 2019


  • Denes, F., Manolache, S., Sarmadi, M., Young, R., Ganapathy, R., Martinez-Gomez, A.,”Process for Intercalation of Spacer Molecules Between Substrates and Active Biomolecules,” US6402899, June 11, 2002 (Purchased by Industry 2013)
  • Denes, F., Sarmadi, M., and Sandberg, R., “Sealing Roller System for Surface Treatment Gas Reactors,” US 6082292, awarded July 1, 2000 (Purchased by Industry 2013)
  • Denes, F., Manolache, S., Sarmadi, M.,Young, R., Ganapathy, R., Martinez-Gomez, A., “Cold-Plasma Enhanced Functionalization of Organic and Inorganic Polymeric Substrates for Molecular Recognition and Molecular Manufacturing (Biotechnologgical) Application,” P99131US, Oct., 1999


  • Chuanchom Aumnate, Natalie Rudolph, Majid Sarmadi, “Recycling of Polypropylene/Polyethylene Blends: Effect of Chain Structure on Crystallization Behaviors” Journal of Polymers, 11, pp1456-1464, September 2019
  • Chunanchom Aumnate, Claudia Spsicker, Raphael Kiesel , Majid Sarmadi, Natalie Rudolph, “Recycling of PP/LDEP Blend; Misceability, Thermal Properties, Rheological Behavior and Crystal Structure” Society of Plastics Engineers, ANTEC, pp 81-88. May, 2016
  • Majid Sarmadi* “Farmlands for Plastics, Textiles, Dyes or Food: Are Bio-Based Materials Really Sustainable?” Society of Plastics Engineers, ANTEC, pp 1723-1729, May, 2016
Portrait of Majid Sarmadi a Caucasian male with a suit and striped tie.


  • Design Studies


  • Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies


  • PhD, Textile Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • MS, Textile Science, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
  • BS, Textile Engineering, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science


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