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Biofunctional Materials and Applications

This project aims to develop scalable technologies for preparing biofunctional materials and application technology in textile and clothing industries. A range of biofunctional materials that can be applied to textiles and clothing will be developed in three stages by a multidisciplinary team. In the first stage, we will focus on developing nano protein materials (NPM) and applying these materials to develop functional textiles on the basis of a number of technology innovations (6 granted patents and 12 filed patents in USA, China and PCT) in HKPolyU of how to prepare nano wool/silk functional materials; functional textiles fabrication, treatment and evaluation. In the second stage, we integrate nanotechnology with enzyme technology for developing environmental friendly functional finishing technology. In the third stage, we will develop novel biomaterials and textile application technologies for helping local textile and clothing industry to get into high value added biomedical and healthcare markets. This is a down-stream applied research with focus on developing the scalable technologies of new applications, new processing technologies, and new products that can be immediately transferred to textile and clothing (TC) companies. A number of tangible and scalable technology innovations will be delivered to benefit textile and clothing companies in each stage. In the first stage, we will deliver the following: 1. Technology to produce nano wool protein functional materials (NWP); 2. Technology to produce nano silk protein functional materials (NSP); 3. Scaleable technology for nano functional finishing with NWP; 4. Scaleable technology for nano functional finishing with NSP. In the first stage, we will scale-up the lab-scale nano protein technologies for transfer to industry.

Project No. (ITC) ITP/001/07TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Prof. LI Yi
Research Institute The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ITF Amount HK$ 3,740,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2007-03-01
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2008-08-31
Sponsors
Beijing CTA-Tex Chemicals Company Limited
Bondex International Textiles Limited
Genexy Company Limited
Guangdong province Textile & Clothing Technological Innovation Center of Kaiping Base
Nanotech Protective Coatings Ltd.
Sharpwell Technology Limited
TAL Apparel Limited
TSIM's Company Limited