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Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

Research • Educate • Connect
Towards a sustainable bioeconomy

ITA - Textile Technology and Engineering | RWTH Aachen


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Gries

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Research topics and profile (related to bioeconomy)

The Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of the RWTH Aachen University is affiliated with the Department of Textile Technology in Mechanical Engineering and has set itself the goal of implementing the vision of a fully biobased textile value chain and thereby contributing to the establishment of a bio-economy. The research fields of the ITA related to the bio-economy are the development of manufacturing processes for bio-based and biodegradable polymer fibers and yarns, the development of natural fiber yarns, the development of textile structures (e.g. fabrics, braids, nonwovens) on the basis of natural fibers and bio-based polymer fibers, the development and processing of bio-based additives and the development of bio-based and biodegradable composite plastics. In addition to materials, process and product development, ITA is also engaged in the development of new business models and value chains for bio-based textile products to create public visibility and market access for bio-economy products. The research at ITA is practical and application-oriented in order to increase the acceptance in the industry and to enable rapid adaptation.

Contributions to BioSC

The Institute of Textile Technology pursues a holistic approach to the establishment of a bio-based textile economy. In addition to answering scientific-technical questions as well as material and process development, this also includes promoting the acceptance of bio-based manufacturing processes and products by companies and end customers, as well as publishing and publicizing research results at trade fairs, conferences, specialist magazines, etc. ITA contributes to the BioSC in the following topics:

-          Textile process and process developments; Validation of industrial feasibility

-          Scientific assessment of technological, economic, environmental and social aspects of the various fields of application of
            bio-based textile products and processes

-          Establishment of strategic alliances of research institutions, manufacturers and user companies
           as well as related institutions

-          Socio-economic and systemic accompanying research to build a sustainable bio-based economy