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Functionalization of cellulose material for development of new sanitary and medical textiles

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.00.00  Engineering sciences and technologies     

Code Science Field
T390  Technological sciences  Polymer technology, biopolymers 

Code Science Field
2.11  Engineering and Technology  Other engineering and technologies 
cellulose, functionalization, medical textiles, antimicrobial testing, protocols, health
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (39)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  13654  PhD Jerneja Ambrožič Avguštin  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2013 - 2014  258 
2.  31447  Andreja Ažman  Political science  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
3.  28192  Jasna Cerlini  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2013 
4.  25518  PhD Miha Črnigoj  Pharmacy  Researcher  2014  44 
5.  26440  Damjana Dejan  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
6.  17577  PhD Aleš Doliška  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  175 
7.  19753  PhD Lidija Fras Zemljič  Textile and leather  Head  2011 - 2014  547 
8.  25974  PhD Cene Gostinčar  Biotechnology  Researcher  2012  340 
9.  05935  PhD Nina Gunde-Cimerman  Biotechnology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  1,267 
10.  09836  PhD Blagajana Herzog-Velikonja  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2013  120 
11.  17279  Barbara Kastelic Bokal    Technical associate  2013 
12.  20395  PhD Tina Kogej  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2011  63 
13.  28193  PhD Marjetka Kralj Kunčič  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  45 
14.  04629  PhD Tatjana Kreže  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  279 
15.  24332  PhD Manja Kurečič  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  231 
16.  31452  Martina Logar  Philosophy  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
17.  30114  MSc Maša Lukan  Economics  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
18.  27893  MSc Marija Lušicky  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  73 
19.  34810  Mojca Matul    Technical associate  2012 - 2014  49 
20.  17579  Mitja Mlakar    Technical associate  2011 - 2013  48 
21.  05537  PhD Branko Neral  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  327 
22.  28326  PhD Damijan Nipič  Microbiology and immunology  Researcher  2013  16 
23.  06902  PhD Zdravko Podlesek  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2014  137 
24.  34267  Tanja Rihtaršič  Economics  Researcher  2013  62 
25.  33601  PhD Tijana Ristić  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  34 
26.  04171  PhD Majda Sfiligoj Smole  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  433 
27.  23963  PhD Silva Sonjak  Biotechnology  Researcher  2011  58 
28.  26443  Anka Srebrič  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
29.  07814  PhD Karin Stana Kleinschek  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  1,118 
30.  10575  PhD Simona Strnad  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  373 
31.  07003  PhD Olivera Šauperl  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  409 
32.  31453  MSc Mojca Šimnic Šolinc  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
33.  29599  PhD Rok Tkavc  Biotechnology  Junior researcher  2011 - 2012  45 
34.  18510  PhD Martina Turk  Biochemistry and molecular biology  Researcher  2012 - 2014  195 
35.  20238  PhD Julija Volmajer Valh  Chemistry  Researcher  2011 - 2014  281 
36.  06385  PhD Bojana Vončina  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2011 - 2014  382 
37.  26439  Andrej Zabret  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  44 
38.  31456  Niko Zupan  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014 
39.  21383  PhD Kristina Župerl  Textile and leather  Researcher  2011 - 2014  47 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0481  University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty  Ljubljana  1626914  67,254 
2.  0795  University ob Maribor, Faculty of mechanical engineering  Maribor  5089638010  24,090 
3.  3334  National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Foodstaffs  Maribor  6489087  4,662 
From once a very man-powered branch, a textile industry turned in to a high tech technological intensive and innovative one. The future of textile industry is in the development of specific functional materials with high-added value, such as antimicrobial medical textiles, which enabled higher human protection, better care and higher quality of life. The project presents the functionalization of cellulose material using biodegradable alternative amino polysaccharides (quaternary and carboxymethylated chitosan, cationised xylans and galactoglucomannans) for introducing of antimicrobial properties. One of the most important aspects of the project is also a systematic study of interactions between functionalized surface of cellulose fibers and a broad spectrum of pathogenic bacteria and fungi. There is still a large gap in the research field of interactions between bacterial and fungal systems and bioactive surfaces of polymeric cellulose materials that are most frequently used in numerous advanced industrial branches, as majority of tests have been performed only in liquid media and not on complex heterogeneous systems such as functionalized fibrous materials. The project will be based on the establishment of applicable protocols to test the presence / absence of pathogens, and as a verification of the activity of the functionalized surfaces of the mentioned functionalized cellulose polymers. The proposed project will thus significantly contribute to the new knowledge on the field of microbiological testing. It will enlighten advantages and disadvantages of certain standardized culture dependent antimicrobial methods that are generally used in textile industry. But the most important aspect will be development of new, more reliable procedure of antimicrobial testing of functionalized textiles by using advanced molecular techniques. The development of the new antimicrobial functionalised medical textiles and the accurate and reliable methods for the analyses of microbiological activity parameters will enable Tosama d.d. its own future development of high value added products, and as such, to get better chances in world market positioning.
Significance for science
Results of this work present new contribution to the fundamental knowledge on the interactions of chitosan formulations (solutions and nanoparticle dispersions) with the cellulose surfaces and to applied science of medical textiles, especially from the following viewpoints: - NMR study of chitosan’s mode of action and comprehensive study of antimicrobial properties and correlation between techniques as well as novel method of potassium efflux using spectrophotometry and potentiometry by potassium ion-selective electrode. It was shown that antimicrobial techniques need to be modified or at least two techniques need to be combined when fibres are tested. All of the involve partners will continue scientific work within new EU proposals.
Significance for the country
The project topic is entirely adjusting with Republic Slovenian national research program’s priorities for time period 2011-2020. Based on that, the fields which are extra perspective for Slovenia enables the deep engaged knowledge, scientific level rise and economic efficiency and are founded on human society valuableness like the fields that directly support rapid development of basic economic branch. Goals of the project are consistent with all research priorities of Slovenian textile technology platform, which represents major support to textile industry in Slovenia. Basic research and development topic that the project is dealing with is the connection of two priority themes, defined in national research programme such as: i) Development of complex systems and innovative technologies as well as ii) Improvement of Health and human life quality. Results of project are functionalized materials which will in the near future accelerate competitiveness of the Tosama in the market and from the view of technological aspect will increase the possibility to be in the line with the most progressive world companies. New functionalized materials will be result of an entirely domestic knowledge and experience and will be friendly products for environment and for costumer, respectively. New technology is basing on the use of natural and biologically degradable substances; production will be performed without the use of expensive and harmful organic reagents, therefore the strictest European ecological regulations will be fulfiled. In the frame of existing products, new products will differ in considerable higher added value which means that the company Tosama could extend its potential products as are gauzes, medical tampons, plasters etc., on the field of medicine and pharmacy, respectively. In the company Tosama due to the project results certificated laboratory will be established shortly primarily intended for an internal monitoring of antimicrobial treatments. Even more the optimization of standard microbiological tests as well as establishing of new ones will contribute to development of new methods and standards. Moreover, the technology for fibre functionalization as well as the methodology of antimicrobial testing that would be developed during this project could in this way also be applied in other industrial fields within Slovenia such as: the paper industry, the chemical industry, pharmacy and medicine.
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