Field of research: Resilience, Sustainability, Energy / Materials
Number of partners: 2
Project duration: 5 years (11/2019-10/2024)
Funding body: BMBF
Interdisciplinarity: Biochemistry, textile engineering, sociology and economics
Aim of the Project
The innovation space is strategically conceptualised along the entire textile value chain with the four technological research areas and the accompanying socio economic research area, to guarantee a holistic approach.
- SUBSTRATE/MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT
- TECHNICAL PRODUCT AND PROCESS DEVELOPMENT
- TEXTILE FINISHING
- CIRCULAR ECONOMY
- SOCIETAL TRANSITION TOWARDS BIOECONOMY
Research Object and Vision
The Textile Industry is currently not sustainable yet.
Over 120 million tons of textile fibres are being processed yearly worldwide, 73% of those are being man-made, and 91% of man-made fibres are created on a petroleum basis. BIOTEXFUTURE engages in ground-breaking research to set the path for innovation in the textile industry that might be at an early stage today but with strong relevancy tomorrow. The production of plastics from crude oil is associated with a wide variety of ecological, social and economic problems. A fundamental change of direction is therefore urgently needed.
Since November 2019, adidas is co-leading the program in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University. BIOTEXFUTURE is collaborating with industrial and scientific partners who share the vision to convert the textile value chain from petroleum-based to bio-based and strive every day to create the change needed in the industry.
Prof. Dr. Roger Häußling is part of the Steering Committee (SteerCo), that is accountable for the overall programme to the funding agency for the management of BIOTEXFUTURE.
Dr. Marco Schmitt is part of the Project Management Office (PMO), that is a dedicated team that proactively steers the innovation space and oversees the projects as a whole.
The Chair of Sociology of Technology and Organization also leads the accompanying socio-economic research area (TransitionLab).
Project Partners and Funding
Within the project we cooperate with the following institutions and companies:
- Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) der RWTH Aachen University
- Future Team der adidas AG
In total, more than 60 Organizations from science and industry are part of the BIOTEXFUTURE innovation space.
BIOTEXFUTURE is one of four innovation spaces sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The initiative “Innovation spaces Bioeconomy” is part of the "National Research Strategy BioEconomy 2030"