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Environmental friendly and Durable Oil and water repellence finish on Technical Textiles

Objective

In the current market, the well-known brands of technical textiles are coated with Perfluorocarbon chemistry to possess highly durable oil and water repellent (OWR) finish. In early days, water repellent finish for fabrics was provided by simple paraffin or wax coatings which washed out eventually. Alternatively, PFOS and PFOA are the chemicals belonging to the family of perflourochemicals (PFCs) also known as C8 chemistry is used. Although PFC-C8 are used together with binders that act as glue to stick to the surface of fabrics, as it is not chemically bonded to the substrate it leaches out, causing ecological threat. Recent studies have found PFC-C8 present in the blood, tissues and foetal-cords of human and its bio-persistence and bioaccumulation in the environment has caused significant concerns. Notably, due to these concerns, 3M withdrew Scotchguard from the market in 2000. C8 Fluorocarbons are currently under high regulatory pressure (2006/122/EC) and it’s outlawed in favour of C6 chemistry which performs lower to meet the industries durability and repellence standards.
There is a strong demand for replacing the C8 chemistry with an equally performing finishing chemical. TEX-SHIELD will develop a novel, multifunctional molecular structure with silica backbone that is chemically bondable to the fibre/filament to achieve a highly durable textile finish that is resistant against the oil/grease /powder stains by biological route. The reasonable silica content in it will replace the C8 chemistry while providing equal performance. A replica of film forming effect will be formulated. The project will evaluate the suitable deposition technique. TEX-SHIELD will provide the textile industry with a cost effective and environmentally safe OWR finish on textiles, revolutionising the current market place, whilst resolving the concerns of the current PFC-C8 based stain-resistant coatings. This will profoundly reduce water consumption during washing for the consumers.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

NORTH WEST TEXTILES NETWORK LIMITED
Address
Chorley Road - Peel House 2
BL1 3AA Bolton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 487 339,80
Administrative Contact
Steve Kay (Mr.)

Participants (11)

ASSOCIATION UP-TEX
France
EU contribution
€ 464 924,60
Address
Rue De Metissages 41
59200 Tourcoing
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Julien Payen (Dr.)
UNITEX VZW
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 433 468
Address
Ketelstraat 38
9800 Deinze
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marc Van Parys (Dr.)
ASSOCIATION TECHTERA
France
EU contribution
€ 455 425
Address
Rue Des Muriers 2 Villa Creatis
69009 Lyon
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Bruno Mougin (Dr.)
PANAZ LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 74 451
Address
Wheatley Lane Spring Mill Fence
BB12 9HP Burnley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Michael Berry (Mr.)
EVA COMMERCE LTD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 15 650
Address
Lyulin 4, Zahari Stoyanov Street 12 12
1359 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Atanaska Georgieva (Ms.)
DE CLERCQ GEBR. - DECCA NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 76 450,80
Address
Oude Heirbaan 69
9620 Zottegem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sofie De Clercq (Mrs.)
SAMPAS NANOTEKNOLOJI ARASTIRMA GELISTIRME VE PAZARLAMA LIMITED SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 39 400,40
Address
Cubuklu Mah Orhan Veli Kanik Cad Yakut Sok No:3 Eryilmaz Plz Kat.6b Kavacik Beykoz
34810 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gonca Kara Demir (Ms.)
CTF 2000 NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 59 750,40
Address
Baaikensstraat 11
9240 Zele
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Hartmann (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 93 220
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amanda Beeson (Mrs.)
Hogeschool Gent
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 62 000
Address
Kortrijksesteenweg 14
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ilse Garez (Ms.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
France
EU contribution
€ 49 920
Address
20 Avenue Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Françoise Martin (Mrs.)