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. It also covers personal protection, insulation, military engineering and interior textiles. To achieve this objective, phototex proposes to be inspired by photonic structures, these are nanostructures interacting with light according to their wavelength (i.e. Their color).For example, they allow some butterflies to display their shimmering colours. If nanotechnology is used in their manufacture, we will, in phototex, generate analogous structures adapted to infrared light using methods compatible with the textile industry.
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. Phototex 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, Uptex.