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Research Institute of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics

Upper organisation
University of Innsbruck
Type
Academic Institution
Address

Hoechsterstrasse 73
6850 Dornbirn
Austria

Description

Name:            Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics

http://www.uibk.ac.at/textilchemie/

 General information: The Institute, founded in 1982 as a research institute of the University of Innsbruck, cumulates fundamental research and applied research activities in the field of textile chemistry and textile physics. The Institute is located in Vorarlberg, close to main parts of the Austrian textile industry in the building of the HTL-Textile where an area of 500m² is dedicated and equipped especially for the requirements of scientific work. In the period 2010 – 2015 research activities were strategically extended towards the field of technical textiles and fibre research. The activities also can be characterised by intensive interdisciplinary and intersectoral research. The research activities build on formation of research co-operations with complementary academic institutions as well as companies e.g. in the sectors health, construction, mobility. Particular contribution has been brought to research in the field of Materials- and Nano-sciences. Research activities include studies on embroidered electrodes for batteries, sports textiles, textile products and sensors in care of elderly and hospitals, textile reinforced material for construction, lightweight composites for mobility applications, electro-osmotic separation in dialysis and heart valve manufacturing.

Mission statement: The Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics (TCTP) covers basic research and applied research in the field of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics, polymer chemistry and material sciences. Lectures and courses for these specialised fields are offered. The Institute undertakes a bridge function ranging from fundamental research, applied research to technology transfer and information supply for industrial partners.

In the development plan of the LFU the Institute has been designed as a research institute for the field of textile chemistry and textile physics which contributes expertise to the research area “Advanced Materials” and offers lectures to special fields of textile chemistry and chemical technology as well as to the Master study Material- and Nanosciences.

The TCTP covers basic research and applied research in the field of textile chemistry and textile Physics, polymer chemistry and material sciences. During the last 5 – 10 year research in the field of smart textiles and lightweight composites gained substantial momentum, which is also reflected in the focus of the research work undertaken. Scientific activities of the period 2010 to 2015 based on already existing scientific expertise in the field of fibre and textile chemistry and physics, and were extended to cover the field of textile material research in composites and smart textiles.

The Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics already covers this particular field of expertise in Austria. On the long term extension on material sciences with particular focus on flexible materials, native and synthetic polymers, composites and smart textiles will bring potential for further growth. The institute is partner in the research platform for Material and Nano-Sciences and through its specialisation the institute holds a unique position within the Austrian research structure in chemistry, polymer and material research.

Research Institute of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics

Research Institute of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics

Contact Person
Thomas BECHTOLD

E-mail
textilchemie@uibk.ac.at
is SME contact
Equipment

Equipment for textile analysis (diode array photometer, electrochemical equipment, HPLC, AAS, GC, FTIR, DSC, TGA, Dynamic mechanical analysis, Laser-scanning microscope, colour measurement, inverse size exclusion chromatography, Zeta potential measurement, Nitrogen analyser), climate chambers, laboratory scale and pilot scale textile processing units up to lots of 5 kg, pilot scale membrane filtration unit (UF, NF and RO).Textile chemical and physical testing equipment (tensile strength, abrasion, light fastness) for all stages of textile production.

http://www.uibk.ac.at/textilchemie/

email: textilchemie@uibk.ac.at

Services

The Research Institute for Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics (TCTP) covers basic research and applied research in the field of Textile Chemistry and Textile Physics, polymer chemistry and material sciences. Lectures and courses for these specialised fields are offered. The Institute undertakes a bridge function ranging from fundamental research, applied research to technology transfer and information supply for industrial partners.

Services range from small projects for industrial partners to large consortia in national, and EU funded programmes,

Fundamental research is performed in strategic fields of textile and polymer chemistry and physics

Activities
Smart Manufacturing / Industry 4.0
Process industry (processing of novel materials, structures, etc.)
High-performance production (flexibility, productivity, precision and zero defect)
High-performance, high precision processing
Intelligent/ sensor-based equipment
Environmental materials (e.g. recycling, recourse efficiency, less impact, CO2 capture/ utilisation)
Industrial materials (incl. catalysts, membranes, adhesives, filters)
High performance materials (strong, light weight, resistant)
Materials for energy storage and generation
Smart and multifunctional materials (incl. phase change, shape memory, self-healing, self-manufacturing)
Surface engineering and coatings
Polymers, bioplastics
Intelligent/ sensor-based equipment
Other
Other activities
Smart textiles
textile based reinforced material
tailored fibre placement
Technology Readiness Levels
TRL 3: Experimental proof of concept
TRL 4: Technology validated in lab
TRL 5: Technology validated in relevant industrial environment
TRL 6: Technology demonstrated in relevant industrial environment
TRL 7: System prototype demonstration in operational environment
Sectors
Automotive
Chemicals
Construction & building sector
Consumer goods/products
Energy
Environment
Healthcare
Machinery
Textiles
Service for Industry and SMEs
Yes