Biomaterials

Ghent
R&D manager Textile Functionalisation & Surface Modification
Grâce-Hollogne
R&D Manager Health, Safety & Security
BIO4SELF aims at fully biobased self-reinforced polymer composites (SRPC). To produce the SRPCs two polylactic acid (PLA) grades are required: a low melting temperature (Tm) one to form the matrix and an ultra high stiffness and high Tm one to form the reinforcing fibres. To reach unprecedented stiffness in the reinforcing PLA fibres, we will combine PLA with bio-LCP (liquid crystalline polymer) for nanofibril formation. Further, we will increase the temperature resistance of PLA and improve its durability. This way, BIO4SELF will exploit recent progress in PLA fibre technology. We will add
Today, PLA is made from corncobs, sugarcane and sugar beets, but, in the future, it will be produced from agricultural wastes. Using PLA is beneficial because it is a renewable resource that does not (or to a lesser degree) deplete the oil resources. This certainly reduces the carbon–footprint of the end product.

The development of new antimicrobial treatments is an area of continuing research. This entry takes a bird’s eye view on advances and focuses, in particular, on trends toward solvent-free chemistry by plasma-assisted coating deposition methods. General principles of antimicrobial and antifouling

The TEXTOS project will develop an innovative 3D-matrix for tissue technology to reconstruct, regenerate or replace the tissue structures of deficient organs. This matrix consists of carrier material produced from natural polymers made from crops.
Cure & Care

Cure & Care textiles are designed to restore the patient to health, to improve the patient’s comfort experience and to optimise and facilitate the work of healthcare providers and medical staff. This brochure shows some of the latest Centexbel developments in the field of textiles dedicated to