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Lodz University of Technology: Marking 70 years
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Innovation Founded on Tradition
May 7, 2015   
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The Lodz University of Technology’s Department of Material and Commodity Sciences and Textile Metrology, in existence since 1947, is one of the university’s best equipped and most rapidly developing research units.

The department specializes in applying the latest analytical techniques (advanced spectroscopic, microscopic, X-ray and other methods) as well as introducing many technical solutions that find practical application.

Textronic applications

In response to the steadily growing need for new, multi-purpose textiles that can be seen in many areas of life and technology, the department has developed a number of materials for building textronic systems, including:
- fiber-forming polymers with electroconductive and sensory properties
- multi-purpose ink compositions based on polymers and electroconductive nanoparticles
- technologies for making textronic materials involving surface modification with spray coating techniques
- piezoelectric fiber technologies.
In association with other units, the department also works on new applications for textronic systems designed to protect workers in hazardous conditions. Projects completed so far include miniature radio transmitters and receivers that enable a person’s vital signs to be monitored through miniature textile sensors, among other things. These sensors are placed in clothing in order to record changes in body temperature, cardiac function, pulse and breath.

Applications of chitin and its derivatives in regenerative medicine

Research is being conducted at the department on practical applications for chitin copolyesters soluble in typical organic solvents. Synthesis of new chitin copolyesters is ongoing. As a result of a collaboration with industry, the department has carried out a project financed by the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR) whose purpose is to support business in the domestic and international launch of dressings that speed up healing of hard-to-heal wounds. Research on chitin copolyesters will lead to the development of new products for regenerative medicine.

Production of hybrid implantation materials

The department’s scientists have built a prototype multilayered implantation material for treating bone tissue loss. The composite was obtained through combining dual-component alginate fabric with a nanofiber layer.

IzabellaKrucińska
Department of Material of Commodity Sciences and Textile Metrology
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