ChitoTex – Development and production of new insect chitosan and chitosan based functional coatings for yarns and textile fabrics

Development and production of new insect chitosan and chitosan based functional coatings for yarns and textile fabrics

The aim of this project is the development of insect chitin as a sustainable chitin source for use as a functional surface coating of yarns and of technical textile surfaces. The project will consider the entire value creation chain: starting with the production of chitin from secondary streams of industrial insect cultivation, through a targeted enzymatic and chemical modification of chitin and chitosan, to the application in functional coating of textile surfaces and yarns.

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After the last molting of the pupa to the fly, chitin-containing exuviae remain.

Project information

Project title

ChitoTex – Development and production of new insect chitosan and chitosan based functional coatings for yarns and textile fabrics

 

Project duration

March 2015 – February 2018

 

Project partners

  • Institute of Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV), Denkendorf (Germany)
    Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH, Reutlingen (Germany)
  • Lauffenmühle GmbH & Co. KG, Lauchringen (Germany)
  • Eucodis Bioscience, Vienna (Austria)
  • Protix Biosystems, Amsterdam (Netherlands)
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo (Norway)

 

 

Funding

We would like to thank the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for funding the project "ChitoTex – Development and production of new insect chitosan and chitosan based functional coatings for yarns and textile fabrics", promotional reference 031A567A.