Antibacterial Textiles and Non-Woven Materials
|SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB - Kemi, material och ytor, Stockholm
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|May 2013 - January 2014
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The initial aim ´to create an interdisciplinary consortium to define problems, opportunities and approaches for a collaboration project about antibacterial textiles has been well met. We have contacted and talked to many health care providers and related organizations to define the problem, but also met many in the industry that has given their view. The work has resulted in an application for a collaborative project where we considered these comments. Some of these discussion partners have become project members.
Results and expected effects
We have created a new consortium with participants from several different scientific disciplines (textile, medicine, chemistry, biology, production, finance, communication, psychology) and completely different sectors (health care, cleaning, textile producer, bacterial supplier, clothing, laundry and pulp supplier) which has resulted in some change in the project description. An application for a collaborative project is written and filed. We have conducted a review of antibacterial technologies and examined their potential.
Approach and implementation
The project has been led by Jesper Hedin, SP, assisted by Philip Gillgard, Swerea IVF. Three workshops have been held in Stockholm and Mölndal. The original parties have jointly taken the decisions about possible changes in the consortium and how we should tackle the problem of HAI. Discussions with external parties has taken place both nationally and internationally.