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Enzymatic modification of wool (BIOWOOL)

Objective

The objective of this project is to develop enzyme-based finishing processes for wool with special emphasis on shrink-resist treatments, which provide the flexibility and low pollution characteristics demanded by the global textile market. This project will develop novel non-proteolytic enzyme systems to be used for surface specific modification of wool fibres. The novel enzyme activities will be screened from a variety of micro-organisms, the efficiency of the enzyme activities on wool fibres will be monitored with advanced surface analytical methods as well as technical performance measurements. The most practical enzyme processes will be developed in laboratory scale machinery and the technical effects with respect to shrink-resistance, handle, softness and dye ability will be evaluated. Potential enzymes will be produced in large scale using modern molecular genetics and subsequently the wool processes will be assessed in pilot and industrial scale. The project outcome will be novel enzyme systems for wool modification eco-efficient processes for wool finishing.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Address
Tietotie 2
02044 Espoo
Finland

Participants (6)

AACHEN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Germany
Address
8,Veltmanplatz 8
52062 Aachen
ENRICO PECCI & C.S.
Italy
Address
Via Di Pantano, 16/E
50013 Campi Bisenzio
QUANTUM CLOTHING GROUP LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
North Street, Huthwaite
NG17 2PE Sutton In Ashfield
TECNOTESSILE - SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA TENOLOGICA R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Del Gelso 13
59100 Prato
TINTORIA DEL SOLE
Italy
Address
Via Alfieri, 21-23
50013 Campi Bisenzio
UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
88 Manchester