State of the art in sustainable fibre technology

A presentation by Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Gunnar Seide, Chair for Polymer Engineering, Maastricht University – Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM).

Textiles are one of the most important consumer goods and the textile industry is one of the largest and most interconnected industries in the world. Clothing plays a role, but so do technical products such as building materials, reinforcing materials for tyres, medical products, packaging, lightweight materials and much more.

The mega issues of today like CO2 reduction but also micro plastic pollution are of enormous importance for the future of the textile industry due to its enormous size.
Many fibre materials such as cotton or linen are natural fibres and therefore bio-based. However, the vast majority of fibre materials are synthetically produced and are usually based on petroleum. Recently, the discussion about synthetic, non-petroleum-based fibre materials has increased. But: Is that really an alternative?

Many buzzwords are used in the field of sustainability. Hardly any of these vocabulary is able to cover all aspects of what is conveyed by the term sustainable. The talk tries to enlighten the situation a bit.

Plastics, regardless of whether they are petroleum-based or bio-based, get many of their functions as colour, flexibility, flame protection, electrical conductivity and much more through the addition of functional additives. The development of bio-based functional additives is essential for the production of 100% sustainable materials.

The presentation shows possibilities for the production of such additives. Finally, the alternative recycling or composting of bio-based materials will be discussed.
To solve challenges of a sustainable future of materials Maastricht University and RWTH Aachen University have established a European cross-border research institute focusing on the development of advanced bio based materials. The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is located on the Chemelot Campus in the Netherlands Province of Limburg. The AMIBM vision is to provide the missing links between fundamental, applied and translational research in the field of bio based materials, by changing the relationship between the production of bio based materials and the value chain.
100 % Biobased Materials – It’s only a matter of time…


Question 1: What drives you?
sustainable and competitive solutions.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn about chances and challenges of the textile field.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Biotechnology, Circularity.

Question 4: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Customer acceptance.

About Gunnar Seide
• Professor of Polymer Engineering at Maastricht University in the Netherlands
• Vice President of AMIBM e.V. an der RWTH Aachen University
• Habilitation at RWTH Aachen University Faculty for Mechanical Engineering
• Research focusses: Biobased Additives, Biobased Fibre Materials, Biobased Composites, Process Simulation
• Winner of several Research Awards

  • Paul-Schlack-Award 2009 (‚Paul-Schlack-Preis der europäischen Chemiefaservereinigung‘, Comité International de la Rayonne et des Fibres Synthétiques, Dissertation)
  • ‚Advancement Award Dissertation 2009 of the Walter-Reiners Foundation‘, VDMA
  • Friedrich-Wilhelm-Award 2009, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Foundation (Dissertation)
  • 06/2010
  • ‘Borchers-Plakette’ of RWTH Aachen University for doctorate with distinction
  • 2017 AC2 – Start Up Prize
  • 2017 F-Cell Award 2017

About Maastricht University – Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM)
The Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials (AMIBM) is a European, cross-border, research institute focusing on the development of advanced biobased materials. AMIBM strives for groundbreaking conversion of biomass to biobased materials and into product applications.

AMIBM is located in the Netherlands on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus in the Dutch Province of Limburg and has a branch office in Germany (AMIBM e.V.), and conducts innovative fundamental, applied and translational research by creating synergies between academia and industry.

Gunnar Seide is speaker at the 2021 edition of the Materials 4 Sustainable Fashion Conference.

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