The EcoBioInks4SmartTextiles project envisions the development of eco-sustainable bio-based inks with photocontrollable and reversibly photoswitchable fluorescent properties for use in the fabrication of innovative textiles with new smart/technical properties.
This project will use bio- and nanotechnologies for developing such inks and will explore their incorporation into textiles via methodologies used in conventional textile fabrication, as well as via advanced processes for textile functionalization.
The EcoBioInks4SmartTextiles project will take advantage of the optical properties of reversibly switchable fluorescent proteins (RSFPs) to develop eco-sustainable and photoswitchable fluorescent bio-inks for use in the fabrication of innovative textiles with photocontrollable and photoswitchable properties. In order to obtain such inks and textiles, this project is organized in interlinked tasks that foresee:
1- The cloning of different RSFPs fusions and the optimization of their recombinant production in Escherichia coli;
2- The assessment of different purification strategies to determine the most efficient for each subsequent application;
3- The bulk production and purification of RSFPs, followed by encapsulation in different kinds of nanoparticles to obtain textile-compatible dyes;
4- The fabrication of photoswitchable textiles by the incorporation of encapsulated RSFPs inks via conventional and advanced textile functionalization processes.
Project Duration: July 2018 to July 2021
Eligible Cost: 236.211,75 €
European Union Funding: 200779,99 € (FEDER)
Intervention Region Funding: North
Expected outputs of this project are: innovative bio-based inks with photocontrollable and photoswitchable properties and an innovative textile prototype with controllable photoswitching fluorescent properties.
The expected results from this project will be relevant for the biotechnological, textile and creative industries, and will potentiate the Smart Specialization of these sectors.