GEMTEX’s fields of excellence




Confort and protection

The control and improvement of textile comfort may be achieved through the identification of synergies in a significant number of competences, which are developed at GEMTEX: chemistry and physical chemistry of surfaces, organic and macromolecular chemistry, textile process engineering, fluid mechanics and the automatic polysensory approach (characterisation, particularly of touch and colour).


Smart and interrelated textiles, nanotechnologies applied to textiles


The development of high added value textile products is a serious concern for the laboratory, where the input of new functionalities is a major challenge. There is a tendency, therefore, to no longer consider textile material simply as a flexible, inert surface, but rather as a potential vehicle for information. This information may be visual (development of flexible displays) or metrological (flexible mechanical sensors, chemical detectors, temperature measuring instruments, thermoregulators).


Non-woven textiles

Following significant economic growth, including that of our own area, textile activity, which produces or uses non-woven structures, has seen extraordinary growth. The affected business sectors are as broad as those of hygiene and health, cosmetics, clothing, protective equipment and filtration. The implementation of these products, and the consolidation of voile materials and their potential functionalisation, call upon a broad range of competences. Shared resources such as CENT (European Centre of Innovative Textiles) located in close proximity to ENSAIT are major assets in the development of innovative, non-woven structures.


The balance between customer requirements and the realities of textile products is no longer satisfactory. The involvement of end users in product design has become a recognised issue. This demands the development of both efficient and responsive supply chains as well as the control of a potential increase in production. 


Flexible materials

The laboratory designs and develops dry preforms (2,5D, 3D material) to reinforce composite materials for applications primarily linked to aeronautics and to resistance against various forms of mechanical damage. 




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