(V.A. Nierstrasz and M.M.C.G. Warmoeskerken)
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. Functionality of textile materials depend on the dynamic behaviour of liquids at the surface. Textiles with advanced wetting properties can be based on nanoscale surface structures and (physisco-chemical) functionalities found in nature. The desired functionality of the material will be related to material properties, surface characteristics and processing. Models and methodologies will be developed to establish the interrelationships.