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Let’s meet Samit – a research scientist with more than 16 years of experience at DuPont. He was introduced to the textile industry through his family in India; earned a PhD in Textile Coloration in the UK; and today leverages his talents to develop Sorona® and collaborate with customers all over the world.
Name: Samit Chevli
Title: Principal Investigator, DuPont Biomaterials
Please tell us about your background. How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and uncommon career?
Samit first learned about textiles around the family dinner table in India. His father and entire family worked in the industry, so he grew up surrounded by textile discussions. His interest in the industry grew, and he eventually received multiple degrees, including a Bachelor’s degree in textile technology from the University of Mumbai; a Master’s degree in color science and a PhD in Textile Coloration, both from the University of Leeds in the England. He started his career at DuPont in digital textile printing and dedicated 15 years to formulating ink for digital printers.
What is your role?
As part of this role, Samit develops and tests Sorona® fibers to simulate how a potential final product, such as a piece of clothing, would perform. For example, he uses laundry machines that can simulate multiple washes of fabric at home, to see how it will withstand over time; and light fastness testers that can replicate sunlight to test performance of fabrics exposed to sunlight. He even can produce sweat in the lab to test how the fabric is impacted. In his other primary responsibility, he visits customers all over the world to help them understand Sorona® and integrate it most effectively in products.
Most enjoyable part of you career?
Samit derives great enjoyment while working with customers and partners at their production facilities to test new products that the Sorona® team has developed in the lab, or extend the use of existing products in new applications.
How does your work add value?
“It is pretty awesome to think that we are able to make technically and aesthetically superior textile fiber by relying less on fossil fuels and instead on renewable bio-resources.”