Falmouth, together with Swedish Biomimetics 3000®Ltd, is set to address some of the most significant challenges facing today's textiles industry.
Armed with disruptive new technologies, the collaborative team is working at the University's Makernow lab developing new solutions to combat common issues in textile finishing. Led by Tom Podkolinski, Project Manager in Biomimetic Innovation at Falmouth, and supported by the Academy for Innovation & Research (AIR), the partnership is working to an 18-month initial schedule.
Utilising Swedish Biomimetics 3000®'s unique insight into the field of biomimetics, and in particular its μMist® platform spray technology inspired by the bombardier beetle's defense mechanism, the two organisations will address such issues as waste, conservation, water usage, production efficiency, response time and quality of finish.
Professor Philip Moore, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research & Innovation at Falmouth is enthusiastic about the latest enterprise: "This partnership with Swedish Biomimetics 3000® is fantastic for the University, Cornwall and indeed the textiles industry. The combination of Falmouth's technological expertise and facilities paired with Swedish Biomimetics 3000®'s biomimetic sector knowledge is sure to be a potent formula for research."
Swedish Biomimetics 3000®, renowned for adapting translational research inspired by nature into technological breakthroughs and commercial candidates, are equally excited by the venture. Andrew Copestake, CEO for the firm explains: "We are excited to be collaborating with Falmouth University on this project as part of our strategy for bringing biomimetics concepts to the market, delivering unique technological advantages combined with significant environmental benefits."