Materials Science & Engineering
Michael J. Drews
Michael J. Drews

Emeritus Faculty

Director, Clemson Conservation Center

Phone: (843) 744-2974, ext. 11
Office: Charleston, SC


B.S., Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D.,Physical Chemistry, University of North Texas

Dr. Michael J.Drews was a Postdoctoral student under Dr. Robert H. Barker at Clemson University before joining the faculty of the School of Textiles. He has also been a guest worker at the Center for Fire Research at the National Institute for Science and Technology and is currently on assignment at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in Charleston, South Carolina. His general areas of research interest include: the development of instrumental methods for the characterization of polymeric materials and their properties, the use of dense gas fluids as a reaction media for novel polymer and textile processing, chemical modification of polymers surfaces and the stabilization and conservation of metallic and non-metallic artifacts recovered from marine, archeological sites.


The sterilization of biomaterials using dense gas fluids.

The development of dense gas fluids for the modification of textile, fiber and polymer surfaces.

The development of composite structures for use as envelope fabrics in aerostats.

The development of novel techniques for the stabilization and conservation of artifacts recovered from the H. L. Hunley and other marine sites.

Recent Publications

“Characterizing the Chloride in the Wrought Iron Rivets From the Hunley,“ N. González, P. de Viviés, M. J. Drews and P. Mardikian, Proceedings, NACE Northern Area Eastern Conference, Ottawa, Canada, September 2003.

“Utilization of moiré interferometry to study the strain distribution within multi-layer thermoplastic elastomers,” M. J. Drews, J. Wood and M. Wang, J. Biomater. Sci, Polymer Ed., 13, 1007(2002).

“A Kinetic Study of the SCWO of a Sulfonated Lignin Waste Stream," M. J. Drews, M. Barr and M. Williams, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 39, 4784(2000).

"The Effect of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Dyeing Conditions on the Morphology of Poly (ethylene terephthalate) Fibers," M. J. Drews and C. Jordan, Textile Chem. and Colorists, 30 (6), 13(1998).

“Lipid Uptake by Silicone Enteral Access Feeding Devices,” J. Trudel, M. W. Gauderer, M. J. Drews and M. LaBerge, J. of Pediatric Surgery, 33 (6), 880(1998).