Defense of the individual through manufacturing textiles as active and passive protection agents

Principal Investigator: Simona Ortelli

Starting date: 15/02/2016
Duration: 24 months
Contribution requested: 395.902,88 €
Call: National Military Research Plan, Ministry of Defense – Proposal n. a2013.123
Consortium: 3 Italian research institutes of CNR (ISMN, ISMAC, ISTEC)
Project coordinator: Giuseppina Padeletti (CNR-ISMN)

The main objective of the FabricSafe project is the development of smart textiles through  the engineering of nanostructured functionalities on fibers and textiles which allows to achieve high-level safety textile for the detection of hostile substances with low sensitivity thresholds.

The project will be able to functionalize various textile substrates in order to give them particular peculiarities such as shielding action of electromagnetic waves, anti-static, antibacterial, organic and/or biological pollutants removal, anti-flame properties, incorporating optical sensor or electro-magnetic.

The creation of smart fabrics requires the integration of various active components such as sensors, processors etc on functionalized fabrics. The FabricSafe project will take an important progress in this direction by demonstrating the feasibility in the realization of an electromagnetic sensoric element directly on a conductive fabric though proper functionalization, thus creating a multiple-function tissue.

Within the FabricSafe project, ISTEC makes available the know-how acquired on the synthesis of Ag, TiO2 and Fe3O4 nanoparticles and their surface engineering to make them fit and processable as functional fabric coatings. This activity is supported by the experience gained in the sol-gel deposition processes, in the colloidal characterization of formulas suitable for application, in evaluating expected functional performance such as self-cleaning, flame retardant, antibacterial and magnetoelectric properties.