Erin Kirkpatrick
Erin S.H. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
  • Natick

Dr. Kirkpatrick has extensive experience in the testing and analysis of textiles and fibrous assemblies. She is proficient in textile characterization techniques and has direct experience in evaluating textile performance via fiber content, fabric structure/design, and performance specifications.

Dr. Kirkpatrick’s research efforts have focused on the incorporation of nanoparticles into and onto polymeric fibers using electrospinning, dry spinning, and spin coating. She is proficient in nanofiber synthesis and characterization techniques, and specializes in combining polymer science and nanotechnology. Dr. Kirkpatrick has done extensive work on the development of stimuli-responsive nanofibers for integration into traditional garments, biomaterials, and microfluidic platforms. She is skilled in a variety of microscopy techniques, including optical and polarized microscopy, confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kirkpatrick completed her doctorate in Fiber Science from Cornell University. She has interned at Corning, Inc., where she studied the use of tunable fiber lasers in the induction of photothermal phase changes, and experimented with the solubility of carboxy-methyl cellulose hydrogels.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2011
  • M.Sc., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2008
  • B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University, 2006
  • Robert W. Work Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Cornell University, 2011

    Finalist in the Fiber Society Student Paper Competition, 2010

    American Chemical Society Grant, 2010

    Featured Image on the Cornell University Life Science Core Laboratory website, 2009

    Winner in the CCMR Microscopy Image Contest, 2009

    Tau Beta Bi, 2004

    Keramos Honor Society, 2004

Publications

Hendrick E, Frey M. Increasing surface hydrophilicity in poly(lactic acid) electrospun fibers by addition of PLA-b-PEG co-polymers. Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics 2014; 9:153–164.

Hendrick E, Frey M, Herz E, Wiesner U. Cellulose acetate fibers with fluoresceing nanoparticles for anti-counterfeiting and pH-sensing applications. Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics 2010; 5:21–30.

DeRosa ME, DeRosa RL, Noni LM, Hendrick E. Phase separation of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) solutions and gels using a near infrared fiber laser. Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2007; 105:2083–2090.

Presentations

Kirkpatrick E. Measuring compression in compression garments. Oral presentation, AATCC International Conference, Savannah, GA, 2015

Hendrick E. Introduction to nonwoven fabrics: From toilet paper to microfluidics. Oral presentation, Techtextil North American Symposium, Atlanta, GA, 2012

Hendrick E, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers integrated into a prototype fluidic device. Poster presentation, Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, 2011.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers: the influence of fiber diameter and substrate. Oral and Poster presentation, Fiber Society Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Iyer S, Wiesner U, Frey M. Fiber based biohazard sensor assemblies. Poster presentation, National Textile Center Annual Conference, Greenville, SC, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers. Poster presentation, Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Iyer S, Wiesner U, Frey M. Stimuli-responsive electrospun fibers: the influence of fiber diameter and substrate. Oral presentation, American Chemical Society Conference, San Francisco, CA, 2010.

Hendrick E, Buttaro L, Iyer S, Wiesner U, Frey M. Fiber based biohazard sensor assemblies. Poster presentation, National Textile Center Annual Conference, Greenville, SC, 2009.

Hendrick E, Herz E, Wiesner U, Frey M. Cellulose acetate fibers with fluorescing nanoparticles for anti-counterfeit applications. Poster presentation, Cornell Center for Materials Research Symposium, Ithaca, NY, 2008.

Hendrick E, Herz E, Wiesner U, Frey M. Cellulose acetate fibers with fluorescing nanoparticles for anti-counterfeit applications. Oral presentation, Fiber Society Conference, Mulhouse, France, 2008.

Patents

U.S. Patent 043608: Polymeric materials incorporating core-shell silica nanoparticles, 2009 (Herz E, Hendrick E, Frey M, Wiesner U).

Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Cornell University, 2006–2011

Intern, Corning, Inc., 2005–2006

Research Assistant, Alfred University, 2004

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists

Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry

American Society for Testing and Materials

Fiber Society

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2011
  • M.Sc., Fiber Science, Cornell University, 2008
  • B.Sc., Materials Science and Engineering, Alfred University, 2006
  • Robert W. Work Award for Outstanding Graduate Student, Cornell University, 2011

    Finalist in the Fiber Society Student Paper Competition, 2010

    American Chemical Society Grant, 2010

    Featured Image on the Cornell University Life Science Core Laboratory website, 2009

    Winner in the CCMR Microscopy Image Contest, 2009

    Tau Beta Bi, 2004

    Keramos Honor Society, 2004