SEPTEMBER 29 – 30, 2020
Talley Student Union | 2610 Cates Ave
North Carolina State University  |  Raleigh, NC

Conference Speakers


Vicki Barbur, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Partnerships And Technology Commercialization, Battelle


Vicki A. Barbur, PhD, is currently Senior Director, IP and Technology Commercialization, Commercial Business at Battelle. She brings dual expertise in science and business as well as broad experience in several technical disciplines to her overarching role as an innovative growth leader associated with technology commercialization and IP management. Her primary areas of focus are Health and Medical Devices, Genomics and BioSecurity, as well as Energy and Environment. Barbur’s work also includes streamlining the process for securing Intellectual Property and Licensing to allow external organizations and companies to put innovation to use quickly as well as developing collaborative and strategic partnerships through University/Academic Institutions, Innovation Bridges, Tech Hubs, Accelerators and Incubators. Previously, Barbur was Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Concurrent Technologies Corporation and Vice President, Research & Development for Cardinal Health. In October 2016, she joined The MITRE Corporation supporting the Technology Transfer Office. Barbur earned a PhD and BSc in physics from Imperial College, University of London, and a MSc in Applied Statistics from the University of Oxford, both in the UK. 
Wednesday, September 25
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Innovation III

Intelligent Heating: A Flexible Conductive Coating for Nonwovens

Battelle has created a smart conductive coating that can be used on nonwoven fabrics and other flexible or irregular substrates. Battelle HeatCoat™ offers a unique blend of performance characteristics that can be used to create nonwoven fabrics that generate even, gentle warming without negatively impacting the properties of the fabric itself. It is well-known that nonwoven materials are increasingly popular for both consumer and industrial applications, from hospital gowns to heavy-duty construction materials. How many of these nonwoven products could benefit from a lightweight, integrated heat source?

A new heater coating system from Battelle brings the benefits of carbon nanotube technology (CNT) to the nonwoven materials industry. CNT coatings are lightweight, conductive and can be applied in a thin layer that does not interfere with the performance characteristics of nonwoven materials. Battelle’s HeatCoat consists of a formulation of dispersed single walled carbon nanotubes. When applied (spray, dipped or roll coated) to the surface of the nonwoven fabric, it forms a thin conductive layer that generates heat when power is applied. The CNT coating is applied in a very thin layer that does not change the flexibility or drape of the fabric to which it is applied and does not add unwanted weight or bulk to the final product. HeatCoat maintains conductivity even when bent and delivers uniform, predictable heat on soft, flexible and irregular substrates. It offers several advantages over traditional heater coating solutions. We will discuss the technology, the coating processes to yield thin uniform layers, and outline the overarching performance characteristics that can then be tailored to meet numerous applications in a broad range of markets, with varying requirements associated with heat and temperature considerations.