Nanocapsules, porous (nano)structures and/or inclusion complexes with essential oils for fibres and textile structures

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The project NEO4Future aims to develop textile filaments containing trapped or encapsulated essential oils (EOs) and their subsequent integration into textile structures. After the proper encapsulation or fixation of EOs in porous (nano)structures, enabling the release of these active principles in a controlled manner, their incorporation in textile filaments will be carried out by extrusion processes. The encapsulation or fixation should preserve the therapeutic properties (e.g., antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-odour) of the EOs during both the extrusion process and the life cycle of the filament and/or textile structure. To ensure the project’s success, a multidisciplinary and skilled consortium was defined, composed by FITEXAR, BLOSSOM ESSENCE, CENTI and UBI, along with an international partner, Rosiro Group BV.

Main goals

1. Formulation of EOs mixtures to be fixed/encapsulated;

2. Development of EOs encapsulation/fixation processes in biocompatible (nano)porous structures, to ensure the integrity of EOs properties and to make them processable in conventional extrusion lines;

3. Incorporation of the inclusion complexes with therapeutic EOs into polymeric matrix and subsequent extrusion of textile filaments with encapsulated EOs by melt-spinning, to preserve the intrinsic therapeutic properties related to these compounds;

4. Development of functionalized textile structures and study of diffusion and solidity of the obtained systems during the life cycle of textile substrates, so that the EOs remain functional for the longest possible period.

-Summary/Main Goals

Project Number: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-061912

Project Duration: January 2021 to June 2023

Total Eligible Cost: 936 341,01 €

Financial Support EU: FEDER – 674 112,66 €

Project Type: SI&DT Empresarial – Copromoção

Intervention Region: Centre and North of Portugal





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