INNOTEX Center was founded in 2013 as a result of the integration of CTF UPC, the Intexter Institute and CRIT UPC. The Center benefits from the considerable industrial experience and knowledge of these three entities. INNOTEX Center is a leader in research and development for general industry that draws on years of university-business collaboration in the fields of textiles, toxicology and the environment.
CENTER has cross technological capabilities and experience in the development of projects in three main areas:
• Structure and properties of textile materials.
• Textile biotechnology, enzyme and biopolymer applications to fibres.
• Development and application of elastic filaments.
• Design and construction of prototypes of new yarn, fabric and non-woven fabric structures for fashion, domestic, technical and smart technology uses.
• Use of microcapsules in the spinning process (containing perfumes, medicines, cohesive materials, lubricants, wetting agents, photostabilizers and other products that give the materials specific properties).
• Innovations in the processes of spinning, bleaching, dyeing and finishing.
• Optimization and evaluation of detergents and the application of surfactants and polymers to textiles.
• Construction of textile machinery and measuring and control equipment.
• Analysis of fibres, yarns, fabrics and non-woven fabric structures. Official reports on defects.
ENVIRONMENTAL AND HEALTH TOXICOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY
• Basic and applied research on environmental aspects: toxicology and microbiology.
• Product safety and formulation according to European directives.
• Detection of biofilms on surfaces, biodegradation of polymers and disinfection strategies.
• Study of cell changes caused by the action of drugs, contaminants and microorganisms.
• Ecotoxicology of chemical and biological contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Physiological and histopathological effects on aquatic organisms.
• In vitro toxicity tests using cells and alternative systems.
• Biochemical and enzyme studies of xenobiotics.
• Development of new toxicity and viability assays.
• Studies of toxicity, bioaccumulation and biodegradation of potential chemical and biological contaminants in industrial products and diverse materials.
• Study and development of biosensors.
• Analysis of specific biomarkers.
INNOTEX CENTER holds over 20 patents, most of which are in use by companies, and has one spin off.
INNOTEX CENTER produces marketable prototype s, since it has several industrial pilot plants and a machine shop for prototyping. Its approach is interdisciplinary, which facilitates the development of multi-sectoral applications.
For example, INNOTEX CENTER’s developments and technology can be applied in the following industrial sectors:
Colorants and pigments
Fashion and domestic
Use of microcapsules in spinning
In this project, a new method has been developed for adding microcapsules (with perfumes, cosmetics, etc.) during spinning by placing them in the spaces between the strands before they are twisted. This ensures that the desired effect remains after successive washes. The innovation was part of a National Research and Development Plan project, subsidized by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
New textile structure for orthopedic fabric
INNOTEX CENTER/CFT has designed a new textile structure with shape memory and controlled elasticity that is comprised of new threads with a complex structure that can adapt to the profile of sensitive feet. The fabric is particularly useful for diabetics who may develop foot ulcers and skin problems that are often caused by rubbing against shoes and are related to a loss of feeling in the feet. The new structure has bactericidal properties (to prevent foot odour); antiviral, antifungal, anti-algae and anti-spore treatments; and a system to warm the feet in a controlled way. The project was carried out in collaboration with Proorto, an orthopedic textile manufacturer that is already marketing the new fabric.
New applications of hemp fibre, especially to be used for insulation in the construction and car industries.
Toxicogenomics for environmental risk assessment: application to disruptors of several systems in the aquatic environment
The main purpose of this project is to use a toxicogenomic approach to identify new sublethal effects in classic and emerging contaminants capable of disrupting three major RXR-dependent endocrine systems in aquatic organisms and to study their mechanisms of toxicity in detail. Additionally, the adverse effects are assessed at different organisational levels (biochemical, phenotypic, population). To this end, they are induced using different compounds in two aquatic toxicology models: the embryonic/larval development of the zebra fish (Danio rerio) for the vertebrate model, and the growth and reproduction of the crustacean Daphnia magna for the aquatic invertebrate model.