The project Functionalization of Natural Fibers for the Development of New Applications aims at the scientific treatment of deficits and problems of modular surface properties of natural fibers adaptable to the manufacturing process as well as the production of natural fiber-based materials for efficient air and water purification. To this end, the functionalization of natural fibers, in particular cellulose-based fibers, is to be investigated, researched and further developed.
In order to realize the objectives, the project pursues two main research topics:
The two main research areas are strongly interlinked with the research of the impulse projects within the LaNDER3 project. A permanent data and knowledge transfer allows to answer fundamental questions considering practical requirements. The involvement and cooperation with scientific partners of the project ensures scientific requirements. Finally, the explorative project laid the starting conditions for impulse projects of the intensification phase (from 2021) within the framework of the FH Impulse Programme.
As part of the project, investments are being made in new laboratory technology. Among other things, a twin-screw microcompounder is now available for practical research into new compositions. The construction of a measuring stand for air filtration is currently in preparation - a mass spectrometer for analyzing exhaust gas flows in real time has been purchased.