The Latest at TRI

A $11,000 NYSCC grant was used this month to install and commission a high-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPTLC) instrument.

The study of the lipids in hair and skin is of great interest to cosmetic and pharmaceutical scientists. This is for many different reasons. For example, the unique intercellular lipids in the stratum corneum are vital for skin barrier function, and are often impaired in diseased skin; the lipids in sebum, amongst many other functions, help create a unique micro-environment on our scalp, and are linked to problems such as dandruff; and the lipids in the hair fibre act as a flexible glue, holding the whole structure together. The loss of fibre lipids with daily washing and chemical treatments can increase hair breakage. TRI scientists have already started probing skin, scalp and hair lipids using advanced spectroscopic techniques. HPTLC will allow the team to explore the chemical composition of the lipids in even more depth.

The CAMAG HPTLC instrument was kindly donated by Johnson & Johnson, a TRI member company. The cost of installing and commissioning the equipment was provided by the NYSCC in a $11,000 education grant, awarded to TRI in December 2019 at the SCC Scientific Meeting and Technology Showcase in New York (Alison Robinson from TRI is pictured receiving our award). This generous support from Johnson & Johnson and NYSCC will help take TRI to a whole new level in lipid analysis and lipidomics. Please visit our website for more information, or if you are interested in working with us to explore this fascinating area.

A new website for TRI Princeton, including a new on-line library.

We are pleased to announce that, this month, TRI launches a new website and on-line library. Try it at

The new website features much more news about what is happening in TRI from week-to-week. News items will also be shared with subscribers on a new, monthly e-mail Newsletter. The website also features more information about the services TRI provides in hair testing, skin testing, research and education. Many thanks to Ivana at Nightsun Creative ( ) for developing the site with us. Thanks too to the TRI team for all the hard work involved with generating the new photos, videos and text for the site.

A key new component of the website is the TRI Library. This replaces the ‘members’ section on the old site. The TRI Library holds videos, slide presentations, reports and papers produced by TRI, in an easy to search platform (provided by Tizra, Anyone browsing the internet can access and search the library, but only TRI member companies and library members get access to the content. Member companies get full access to all the content, including Consortia Reports and Research Notes. Library members can access evening seminar and TRI Talks material. This is a very exciting development for TRI, giving everyone a much better window into the huge store of knowledge held at the Institute. Please contact us if you would like to join as a member company or library member.

Updated: Oct 1

Interesting historical trivia, as we celebrate TRI Princeton’s 90th birthday this year

Is TRI Princeton pronounced ‘TRI’ Princeton, or ‘try’ Princeton? Dr Rezma Shrestha recently

uncovered evidence that our founders actually preferred the latter.

Looking back at the very first edition of the Textile Research Journal, published in 1931,

Rezma discovered that some interesting, and humorous, debates were held on this subject

at the very first meeting of the Institute. Clearly some committee members were very

passionate about using the ‘try’ Princeton pronunciation. In fact, the secretary even created

a humorous marketing slogan for the new institute that played on the preferred

pronunciation: ‘If, at first, you don’t succeed, TRI again’.

It is nice to see that a good sense of humour existed in the Institute even right at the start!

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