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Smriti Rai

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

PhD Candidate & Graduate Research Assistant

104 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.Sc Clothing & Textiles Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, India 2002
B.Sc Clothing & Textiles Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, India 2000


Functional coatings, Nanocellulose, Textile dyeing, and coloration.


Teaching Assistant Textiles Merchandising and Interiors, UGA.

TXMI 3500: Textiles (SP 20, Fall 20, SP 21, Fall 21, SP 22) 

TXMI 3520: Textile Testing (Fall 17, SP 18, Fall 18, SP 19, Fall 19)

TXMI 4560: Survey of Apparel and Soft Goods Manufacturing (SP 17)

TXMI 4565: Global Sourcing and Logistics of Textile Products and Apparel (SP 17)

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Independent Fiber Artist 2007-
Benchmark Clothing Pvt. Ltd, Surat, India Production Merchandiser 2005-2007
Fashion and Textile Science, Cadence School of Fashion, Bhilai, India Teaching Faculty 2004 – 2005
Government Girls Polytechnic College, Jagdalpur, India Lecturer 2003 – 2004
Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Chennai and Tata International Ltd. (Leather Unit), Dewas, India Intern 2001


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Endsley-Peifer Student Research Award FACS, UGA 2022
FACS Funds for Excellence FACS, UGA 2021
Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant Graduate School, UGA 2019
Graduate Student Paper Competition, Third Position Fiber Society International Conference 2019
Anne and Earl Haltiwanger Scholarship FACS, UGA 2019
AATCC Foundation Student Research Support Grant AATCC 2017, 2018
Jones-Anderson Family Endowment FACS, UGA 2018
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Graduate School, UGA 2018
Eleonora M. Costa Graduate Support Fund and the Jones-Anderson Family Endowment FACS, UGA 2017


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
American Chemical Society Student Member 2020 -
American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists Student Member 2019 -
Graduate Student Organization, TMI, UGA Vice President 2017-2018
Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy NY Member 2015-2016
Seattle Weavers Guild, Seattle WA Member 2009 -2012
Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle WA Member 2009 -2012

Areas of Expertise

Textile Science and Chemistry, Nanotechnology 

Conferences and Presentations

  • Nanofibrillated Cellulose for Sustainable Textile Coloration, Oral Presentation, ACS Spring 2020 National Meeting & Expo, Philadelphia, PA (Cancelled due to covid19)
  • Natural Indigo based Nanocellulose Gel Dyeing of Cotton Textile, Poster Presentation, Fiber Society’s 2019, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, GA.  
  • The Sustainable and Eco-friendly Dyeing/Coating of Cotton with Nanocellulose-Indigo Gel, Graduate Student Paper Competition, Fiber Society’s 2019, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, GA.
  • Natural Indigo based Nanocellulose Gel Dyeing of Cotton Textile, Poster Presentation, ISMR 2019, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.                                 
  • “Sustainable Textile Dyeing Technology” Oral Presentation, ISMR 2019, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.                                                                             
  • The Sustainable and Eco-friendly Dyeing/Coating of Cotton with Nanocellulose-Indigo Gel, IAB 2019, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
  • Sustainable Nanocellulose Dyeing Technology for Cotton/Polyester Blended Textiles, Poster Presentation, AATCC International Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • “Natural Indigo Dye based Nanocellulose Gel Dyeing of Cotton Textiles” Poster presentation, Techtextil North America 2019 Poster Program, Raleigh, NC.                             
  • Sustainable Applications of Fibrillated Nanocellulose, appti 2019, Advancing Commercialization of Nanocellulose, Washington, DC.
  • “Nanocellulose Gel Based Dyeing of Cotton/ Polyester Blended Fabrics” Poster presentation, Third International Symposium on Materials from Renewables 2018, North Dakota State University, Fargo.
  • “Nanocellulose based Dyeing for Cotton/ Polyester Blend Fabrics” Texprocess Americas Tech Talks 2018, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Reactive- Disperse Dye Based Nanocellulose Gel Dyeing of Polyester- Cotton Fabrics” Poster presentation, Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Graduate Student Poster Program 2018, Atlanta, GA.
  • “Natural Indigo based Nanocellulose Gel Dyeing of Cotton Textiles” Poster presentation, Fiber Society Conference 2017, The University of Georgia, Athens.
  • “Nanocellulose Gel based Natural Dyeing for Cotton and Blends”, SEC Graduate Student Consortium 2017, The University of Georgia, Athens
  • “Natural Dyes”, TXMI 2100: Textiles for consumers, 2017.


  • "Origins", 7th Aaina, Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), Seattle, WA. 2012
  • “Play”, Nordic Roots in Contemporary American Textiles, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, WA. 2012
  • "Origins", Nature in Fiber, Seattle Weaver’s Guild (SWG) show, Seward Park Environmental & Audubon Center, Seattle, WA. 2012
  • "Spiritual Ties to Culture (Recycling)", Art of the wall, SWG Annual Exhibition cum Sale, Seattle, WA. 2011
  • "Yoni Ki Baat", 6th Aaina, Seattle Asian Art Museum (SAAM), Seattle, WA. 2011
  • "Spiritual ties to Culture", Weaving a cultural Tapestry, Shoreline Art Festival, Shoreline, WA. 2009
  • "Making Waves with what We Wear", The Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds (ANWG) Conference, Spokane, WA. 2009
  • "Independence Day 2003", Nehru Art Gallery, Bhilai, India. 2003
  • "Shakti" (The Power), Nehru Art Gallery, Bhilai, India. 2002
  • “Creations 2000”, Fashion Show, MSU, Baroda, India. 2000

Media Coverage
“Environment-friendly nanocellulose-indigo dyeing of textiles”, with Raha Saremi, Suraj Sharma, and Sergiy Minko, Green Chemistry, October 2021, 23(20), 7937-7944.
UGA Today: https://news.uga.edu/scientists-find-eco-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-jeans/
Business Insider: https://www.businessinsider.com/the-new-way-of-dyeing-denim-without-harming-the-environment-2021-10
Sourcing Journal: https://sourcingjournal.com/denim/denim-innovations/indigo-dye-process-university-of-georgia-water-chemicals-denim-303581/
E & T Magazine: https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/09/scientists-find-environmentally-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-jeans/
Fibre2Fashion: https://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/textile-news/us-researchers-develop-new-indigo-dyeing-technology-276391-newsdetails.htm
NYCT Amazings: https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/42688/produccion-no-contaminante-de-pantalones-tejanos
WUGA (Radio): https://www.wuga.org/post/athens-news-matters-uga-researchers-discover-more-eco-friendly-way-dye-denim#stream/0
Atlas IDTV (TV): https://www.npostart.nl/atlas/10-11-2021/VPWON_1328197
Woodworking Network: https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/technology/wood-based-dye-makes-blue-jeans-greener
Science News for Students: https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/innovation-greener-way-dye-blue-jeans-environment
Tech Explorist: https://www.techexplorist.com/new-environment-friendly-way-dye-blue-jeans/41247/
New Atlas: https://newatlas.com/environment/jean-dying-indigo-hydrogel/
Water Online: https://www.wateronline.com/doc/scientists-find-eco-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-jeans-0001
Newswise: https://www.newswise.com/articles/researchers-find-eco-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-jeans
Phy.Org: https://www.newswise.com/articles/researchers-find-eco-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-jeans
Mirage News: https://www.miragenews.com/scientists-find-eco-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-631807/ Inside Denim: https://insidedenim.com/News/159396
Thewellnessfeed: https://thewellnessfeed.com/tomorrows-best-jeans-brands-will-be-toxic-free-less-wasteful/
Sciencenewsnet: https://sciencenewsnet.in/researchers-find-eco-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-jeans/
Eureka Alert: https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/928376
Just Style: https://www.just-style.com/news/eco-friendly-indigo-dyeing-technology/
My Droll: https://mydroll.com/scientists-find-eco-friendly-way-to-dye-blue-jeans/
Paperboat News: https://paperboat.news/scientists-procure-eco-friendly-technique-to-dye-blue-jeans/
Blog (Korean): https://blog.naver.com/bukgu/222531604972
HowStuffWorks: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/denim-dyeing.htm

Current Research

  • Dyeing of Cotton Yarns for Denim with Eco-friendly Nanocellulose Gel - Natural Indigo Dispersion.
  • Sustainable and Eco-friendly Dyeing of Cotton-Polyester Blended Fabric using Nanocellulose Gel-based Dyeing.
  • Determination of Antimicrobial Activity of Cotton Dyed with Nanocellulose - Indigo Gel.
  • The Sustainable and Eco-friendly Dyeing/Coating of Cotton with Nanocellulose - Indigo Gel.

Journal Articles

  • "Environment-friendly nanocellulose-indigo dyeing of textiles", Smriti Rai, Raha Saremi, Suraj Sharma and Sergiy Minko, "Green Chemistry", 2021. https://doi.org/10.1039/D1GC02043A.
  • "Dyeing of Fibers and Impact on the Environment" with Raha Saremi, and Suraj Sharma, Green Composites: Preparation, Properties and Allied Applications, Chapter 26, Elsevier, forthcoming July 2022
  • “The Optimization of Novel Nanocellulose Gel-Reactive Dye Coating for Textile Applications”, with B. J. Lee, S. Daubenmire, E. Lee, S. Rai, R. Saremi, A. Liyanapathiranage , T. N. Sriram , A. Mandal , and S. Sharma, Colourage, June 2019, pp. 32-41
  • “Application of Eco-friendly Henna Leaves for Dyeing Leather”, A. Karolia, S.Dilliwar Textile industry & Trade Journal, Vol. 44, No. 5-6, May- June 2006, Pages 33- 38.
  • “Natural Yellow Dyes from Marigold Flowers for Leather”, A. Karolia, S. Dilliwar Colourage, June 2004, pp. 31-38
  • “Dyeing of Garment Leather with Tessue”, A. Karolia, S. Dilliwar Textile Industry of India, Nov 2003, pp. 20-28
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