• Start of the project : 01-07-18
  • End of project : 30-06-22


The PHOTO(NI)TEX project concerns the development of microstructural TEXtiles for PHOTONIc stimuli-dynamic filters.

The aim of the PHOTO(NI)TEX project is to develop new types of intelligent textiles for the improvement of individual thermal and water comfort. These innovative garments will be able to modulate the human body's infrared radiation according to external conditions (temperature, humidity).

The PHOTOTEX project therefore proposes to design and manufacture photonic structures by taking advantage, in particular, of self-organisation techniques at the membrane level (elastic instabilities in polymer films, electro-threading, self-organisation of particles in a polymer matrix) that can interact with infrared "light". The processes put in place can be transposed to multi-component fibres in order to obtain texturing at the yarn level. The stimuli-responsive nature of the proposed solution is based on the integration of shape memory polymers that are sensitive to variations in temperature and humidity.

PHOTO(NI)TEX relies on a cross-border consortium bringing together complementary and recognised skills in the service of a project focused on innovation. This multidisciplinary approach calls on specialists in optical modelling, microtechnologies, composite materials and spinning techniques used in the textile industry.

Objectives and missions of Materia Nova

Within the consortium, Materia Nova is working on:


  • The dispersion of (nano)particles in the polymer matrix.
  • The self-structuring of membranes from active polymers (including plasma treatment).
  • Characterization.


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