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TEX-Shield project

Tex project Fig 1.
Figure 1 : a) and c) show the wetting of Cotton and Polyester textiles respectively. b) and d) show the water drop on the fabric treated with a hydrophobic coating solution

Tex-Shield, a new project funded by the European Union's seventh Framework Programme, is now underway after a successful kick off meeting at TWI Ltd, Cambridge in January 2013.

Textiles in various applications such as PPE clothing, sportswear and furniture etc. require water and oil repellent coatings. Today, the chemicals used for such treatments are leaching into the environment over time and are considered a potential hazard to human health. The alternative, non-fluorinated chemicals for such treatments either do not provide a good repellent finish or do not last long. Far fewer products are available in the market that meets the regulations (2006/122/EC). TWI's sol-gel coating development and characterisation team is significantly contributing to the development of environmentally friendly, durable water and oil repellent coatings. Figure 1) shows wetting test results from the early stages of our work. The novel non-flourochemical based coating development work is being carried out in Cambridge and the deposition and characterisation of this coating is being carried out in our laboratory facility in Middlesbrough (Figure 2).

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Figure 2: Coating deposition and material characterisation lab in TWI North, Middlesbrough

The project features a consortium of companies from across Europe whose expertise will be combined to work towards a solution to the problem. This includes research organisations; TWI from the UK, INSA LYON from France and University College of Gent in Belgium. 4 Associations from across Europe represent hundreds of potential members who can benefit from the exploitation of the product and 5 SMEs, who represent knowledge of markets and trends, are also steering the project to ensure that it has practical application in the market place.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme managed by REA Research Executive Agency ([FP7/2007-2013]) under grant agreement no 286858
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Photo: Partners include TWI (UK), NWtexnet (UK), CTF2000 (Belgium), Techtera (France), Sampas Nano (Turkey), EVA commerce (Bulgaria), INSA-LYON (France), University College Gent (Belgium), Unitex (Belgium) , UP-tex (France), Panaz (UK) and Decca (Belgium).

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