BIOSYNTEX

Project Title
Biotechnical quality improvement of synthetic textile fibres
Project Type
Internacional / Public
Funding Body
Funding Program
5th Framework Programme
Reference
G5RD-CT-2000-30110
Funding
  • CEB: 0,00
  • Total: 226 000,00
Start
01-10-2001
End
31-12-2005
Partnership
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND, UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO, TEXTIL ALBERTO DE SOUSA SA, TAMPERE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, FISIPE FIBRAS SINTETICAS DE PORTUGAL AS, INOTEX LTD., SATTLER AG, RHODIA INDUSTRIAL YARNS AG

Principal Investigator

Team Members - CEB

Abstract

The modification of synthetic fibres in order to obtain the desired end-product properties requires high amounts of energy and chemicals, which are partially discharged to the environment and are released from the end-products causing serious health risks. BioSynTex will develop new enzyme systems for the targeted modification of polyester (PET), polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and polyamide (PA/Ar) fibres. The obtained quality improving functionalities on the fibre surface will be characterised in detail. Eco-efficient finishing processes using the enzymatically modified fibres will be investigated in laboratory sale and larger scale using typical machinery. Savings of up to 30 % dye, 55 % energy and 20 % water during dyeing of textiles (clothing) and 45 % coupling agents during coating of PET (for tarpaulins) and 30 % of binders during the production of awning fabrics (from PAN) can be expected based on the new fibre functionalities.