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WSE Seminar Series: Eric Hinsch, PhD Student

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

New fields often begin with shots in the dark. Eventually, one needs to see where those shots landed and retrace their trajectory. Now that we have determined that wood-staining fungal pigments can be used as colorants for a variety of materials, several questions need to be resolved. The current research is examining the following: heat degradation characteristics of the pigments, carrying capacity of pigments in various oils, color stability of the pigments in various oils, alternative solvents as carriers, and using solvents to potentially stabilize pigments in oils. In addition, we need to try to determine how the pigments bind to various textiles. All of this information will be combined to test the potential of developing biopigmented ink for printing textiles with a modified inkjet printer. As this research is in its beginning stages, this presentation will focus on what is planned as well as some preliminary results from heat degradation and oil carrying capacity experiments.


Eric is currently a PhD candidate in Wood Science. He has a Master’s Degree in Wood Science from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art & Design from Finlandia University. Eric helped pioneer work with wood-staining fungal pigments for textile coloration and is continuing to explore the potential of these pigments. He currently lives and works on an organic mushroom farm in Lebanon, OR, and plans to use his experimental expertise to improve the efficiency of the farm and increase production.


Jessica King
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