Innovation in Textiles: Hohenstein develops textile finish with sensory cooling effect

As part of an IGF research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute have been developing and analysing a textile finish that could provide a sensory cooling effect.

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This being an innovation in textiles, the sensory perception of cold depended not only on the area of skin being treated but also on a range of other parameters, such as the moisture level in the skin and the topography of the skin surface.

This textile finish is based on p-menthane derivatives (agonists) such as WS-3 (N-ethyl-p-menthane-3-carboxamide) or L-menthyl lactate and icilin.These substances have the advantage that, when spread in very low concentrations on small areas of the body, they have a lasting mild cooling effect throughout their period of activity.

This kind of sensory cooling textile finish was tested on different textile substrates made from natural or synthetic fibres and blends, and in concentrations of the active ingredient ranging from 0.1‰ – 1%.

Textile Conference on Natural Fibres featuring Innovation in Textile

3rd International Conference on Natural Fibers,ICNF 2017, will be held in Braga, Portugal, from 21-23 June 2017. It is the third conference rendering innovation in textiles The conference will focus on Advanced Materials for a Greener World, aiming to explore the potential of natural fibres to build a Greener World for the future generations.

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The textile conference will bring together various universities, research and technological centres, companies and all those interested in these amazing materials called natural fibres. The conference aims to represent a forum for exchanging ideas, presenting the latest developments and trends, proposing new solutions and promoting international collaborations.

The conference is being organized by the University of Minho, through the Fibrenamics International Platform, and is focused on the latest scientific and technical advances in natural fibres and fibre-based materials, for advanced applications towards a greener world.