In this folder all the recent and finished projects are found.
2BFUNTEX To exploit the untapped potential in functional textile structures and textile related materials, a new European Coordination Action 2BFUNTEX was elaborated with the objective to bring together all innovation actors in the field fostering a multidisciplinary approach between academia and industry.
Dry-cleaning using carbon dioxide: Detergent, process and apparatus design The goal of this project is to elucidate the forces and mechanisms of detergent action in particle removal in dry-cleaning with high-pressure carbon dioxide, and to use this insight to give design rules for detergents, a dry-cleaning process and a dry-cleaning apparatus.
Fundamental and Applied Studies in Emulsion Stability (FASES) The project FASES is a direct result of the activity of the ESA Topical Team "Equilibrium and Dynamic Properties of Adsorbed Layers". The study of the stability of emulsions, as related to the chemico-physical properties of the corresponding liquid-liquid interfaces, was identified as an important application field that can benefit both from the expertise of the Team and from microgravity studies.
WASH&LOAD Wash&Load: Enabling an innovative and affordable multi-functionality loading service for functional protective clothing that leverage on the textile service companies while increasing safety for the operators
Antibacterial funcionalisation of textiles The project aims at setting up a standard for testing and labeling of Antibacterial textiles. The new standard is meant to be applied for laundries, textile manufacturers and suppliers as a means of communication and standardization of the functionality. In addition, the project also aims at functionalisation textile surfaces during the process of laundering through various surface modification techniques
Functionalisation of (bio)polymers The ADVANBIOTEX project explores the potential to modify the surface of textile fibres by coating existing textile materials (mostly cellulosics based) with a thin layer of surface modifying systems based on biopolymers (chitosan and other biocompatible polymers – natural or synthetic).
Multi-functionalization of textile by nanotechnology using inkjet printing process Due to the excellent photo-catalytic activities making TiO2 nanoparticles applicable in many fields such as self-cleaning, anti-bacterial agent, UV protection and environmental purification, a great potential for multi-functionalization of fabrics by TiO2 nanoparticles is observed.
The Use of (Bio) Catalysts and Ultrasound in the pretreatment of cotton: Application on industrial scale as sustainable process. Last decades researchers proved the principle of the use of biocatalysts, bleach catalysts and ultrasound in the pretreatment of cotton. The desizing step in the pretreatment of cotton is generally accepted many decades ago.
Digitex Digitex is a joint research and innovation initiative of the European textile and clothing industry which will attempt to develop and implement new ways of optimal fabric preparation for clothing production.
The application of Ultrasound in textile process This project is aimed at understanding the mechanisms of ultrasound waves and their effect on the enhancement of the transport processes by inducing convective diffusion in the pores of textile materials
Catalytic bleach processes The goal of this project is to focus on the potentials of different innovative oxidative catalysts, redox-mediator systems and enzymes for the industrial bleaching of cotton fabrics. Environmentally friendly processes on the basis of oxidative catalysts can accomplish low temperatures (e.g. 40°C) and short residence time and therefore result in a dramatic decrease in energy consumption with significant reduction of chemicals and water compared to the conventional process.
Enzymatic improvement of the properties of recycled paper fibres The aim of this project is to improve the properties of recycled-paper fibres using enzymes. Properly applied, enzymes (and specifically cellulases) can enhance or restore paper strength, reduce beating times and increase inter-fibre bonding through fibrillation.
Mechanisms and kinetics of textile wetting The general aim is to generate new knowledge and to develop technologies to create materials with unique surface properties and functionalities. Surface properties of engineered surfaces are affected by chemical composition, surface topography and the combination of the two.
Hydrodynamics in textile materials In all wet textile processes, the flow through the porous material is the key phenomenon. Despite of that little is known about flow phenomena in textiles. This project is aimed at gaining more and better knowledge of the hydrodynamics in porous textile structures.