Fire Resistant Fibres

Project developed in collaboration with Dr. Sandra Amaral, PhD. in Polymer Chemistry.

We investigated how to move from toxic fire retardant chemicals to safe fire resistant fibres, focusing on the enhancement of cellulosic fibres.

Based on the Phd research of my chemistry collaborator in the field of drug delivery, we adapted particular molecular structures to bind covalently to cellulose, creating a chemical bond with the fibre.

These molecules are able to bear n° active compounds that in contact with fire release substances that can block the development of the flame.

This solution is based on safe molecules, the active compounds would strongly bound to the fabric avoiding chemicals release in the environment and subsequent bio-accomulation, and we would be able to customise the molecules to hold more particles to achieve increased fire retardancy.