The AATCC Future Leader Award recognizes promising young professionals in the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences, provides acknowledgment and recognition to enhance their careers, engages these young professionals in the work of the Association, and brings their insights and needs to the forefront. These young professionals are the future of our industry and the future leaders of AATCC.
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) was founded in 1921. AATCC connects the global textile community to empower a more innovative, informed, and sustainable future. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, AATCC has provided standards development, testing materials, educational resources, and professional networking to the global textile industry for more than a century.
Yihong Li is a senior technical manager at Microban International and has been with Microban since 2019. She joined AATCC in 2017 and is a member of the Chemical Applications Interest Groups, the RA31 Antimicrobial Activity Test Methods Committee, and the RA60 AATCC Home Laundering Technology Test Methods Committee.
As a senior technical manager at Microban, Yihong works to successfully integrate antimicrobial and odor control technologies into customer products, which include textiles, paper, paints, coatings, and other liquid-based formulations. She is also responsible for providing ongoing technical support to customers to ensure product performance is maintained.
Yihong holds a bachelor of environmental engineering as well as a master of applied chemistry from Beihang University in Beijing, China. In 2012, she earned her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering while serving as a research assistant at West Virginia University. Her research includes energy generation/storage device development, protective coatings, and materials corrosion/degradation study.
The awards ceremony took place during the AATCC Discovery Summit 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Microban congratulates Yihong on her AATCC Future Leader Award and on her contributions to the textile industry!
Visit the official AATCC Awards website for more information.