BIOTECHNOLOGY APPLIED TO TEXTILE PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES
AITEX is constantly working on the development of R+D+I projects related to biotechnology and its uses in textile products and processes in the fields of cosmetics, natural products and the encapsulation of active compounds.
The Institute has a full suite of services backed by the most complete infrastructure to develop projects in the following fields of research:
- Fluid Bed
- Spray Drying
- Z Potential
- Particle size
LINES OF RESEARCH
- Functional fibres
The incorporation of a range of functional properties to natural and synthetic fibres via different procedures:
- The surface modification of synthetic fibres using enzyme technology
- The incorporation of chemical groups to natural fibres
- The additivation of functional active compounds
- The use of biopolymers
- Biotechnology applied to industrial textile processes
The application of biotechnology to manufacturing processes and lines of research in the textile industry.
- Biopolymers and new fibres
- Modifying fibres and surfaces using enzyme treatment
- The functionalisation of substrates
- Dyes, colourings and intermediate products
- Treating waste water and sludge, etc.
This line of research looks at treating textile waste water and sludge from the finishing sector and works specifically on:
- Breaking down azo dyes in waste water
- Fixing enzymes
- Recovering unused dye from the dye bath for reuse
- The encapsulation of bio fungicides, nutrients and phytostrengtheners for use in geo-textiles
- The development of textile substrates for soil stabilising and reforestation applications
- Cosmetics and hygiene
The use of encapsulation to improve the stability of active compounds such as fungicides, aromas and enzymes among others and to provide the substrate with a slow-release capability.
- Health and hygiene
Technical textile solutions for medical textiles, an emerging sector with huge potential for innovation.
- Hydrogels used in textile engineering
- Functionalising dressings
- Fixing bioactive molecules
- The encapsulation of active compounds