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Develop a new type of intelligent textile that will improve thermal comfort


The photonitex project aims to develop a new type of intelligent textile that will improve thermal comfort by dynamically regulating the space between the skin and the textile. These innovative garments will be able to return infrared radiation to the body depending on the conditions of use: temperature (body or external) and humidity (perspiration). This feature is not only for athletes.

It also covers personal protection, insulation, military engineering and interior textiles. To achieve this objective, phototex proposes to take inspiration from photonic structures, which are nanostructures that interact with light according to their wavelength (i.e. their color). They allow, for example, some butterflies to display their shimmering colours. If their manufacture uses nanotechnologies, we will, in phototex, generate similar structures adapted to infrared “light” using methods compatible with the textile industry.


Development and prototyping of mono- and bicomponent filaments with antibacterial properties with mass functionalization technique. Validation of formulations on the CETI compounding and wiring pilot line.


The design and shaping of these textiles, as well as the evaluation of their performance, require a multidisciplinary approach involving specialists in optical modelling, composite materials and spinning techniques used in the field of textiles. Photonitex relies on a cross-border consortium able to meet these requirements: Materia nova (leader), University of Mons, University of Gent, Ensait, CETI, University Lille 1, CNRS, Euramaterials.


Javier VERA‑SORROCHE, PhD / Melt Spinning Platform Manager –

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