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Modified proteases for the reduction of felting and shrinkage of wool textiles

Objective

The market value of wool is limited by the fact that consumers place increasingly high demands on machine wash ability and soft handle. Felting, which is a typical property of wool due to the configuration of the scales of the wool fibre, is a serious problem, especially during washing. Chlorination, followed by polymer deposition, is commonly used to confer shrink-resistance, but this involves major drawbacks with respect to chlorine and the environment. The main aspect of this proposal is to develop a novel enzymatic process for producing machine washable wool by limiting the enzymatic degradation of wool fibres to their cuticle scales. The novel engineered enzymes will be developed to achieve this goal. The radically new bioprocessing regimes for wool scouring and finishing processes, and commercial products will be developed. This would be a major technological breakthrough to completely replace a hazardous chemical preparation and finishing route.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY
Address
The Gateway
LE1 9BH Leicester
United Kingdom

Participants (7)

ALPHACHEM SPECIALITIES LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Units B&c, Springvale Business Park, Water Lane
BB3 2EB Darwen
GRAZ UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Austria
Address
Petersgasse 12
8010 Graz
JAMES WEEKER SINCE 1927
Netherlands
Address
Mercuriusplein 1
5971 LW Grubbenvorst
JOHN GLADSTONE (DYERS AND FINISHERS) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Union Mills, George Street
HD3 4JD Huddersfield
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - TNO
Netherlands
Address
Parkweg 1
7500AH Enschede
OVIS TEXLA
Netherlands
Address
Weverstraat, 38
1791AE Den Burg
UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
Address
Campus Azurem
4800-058 Guimaraes