New materials for fiber-based products

The core tasks of the DITF include research and development in the entire spectrum of polymer synthesis, fiber and yarn spinning and nonwovens, as well as new matrix materials.

This area covers all types of high-performance and specialty fibers, from bio-based fibers to carbon and ceramic fibers to special functional fibers. The DITF have the expertise and the technical equipment to further develop the common primary and secondary spinning processes as well as nonwoven technologies under ever new aspects and to bring forth completely new technologies. Filament yarn finishing, twisting and winding technologies, and broad-based research into package formation round off this expertise.

Whether in polymer synthesis, the development of new matrix materials for composites as well as ever new fiber types, in wet, dry and melt spinning processes or in staple fiber development: with its basic and application-oriented research, the textile research center is constantly breaking new ground in order to be able to offer textile companies new materials that will help them to advance in international competition.

Wherever fiber development leads: At the DITF, sustainability and environmental aspects are always on board, such as in the production of carbon fibers and thermoplastic fibers from renewable raw materials. The recycling options of fiber materials are also being researched, as is the recycling of "post-consumer" waste into new high-performance products.



  • Processing of natural fibers
  • Biopolymers
  • Biobased, biodegradable polymers and coatings
  • Biocompatible biomaterials
  • Oxide ceramic fibers
  • Thermoset and thermoplastic matrices
  • Low-cost, low-energy biobased carbon fibers
  • Functional fibers (conductive, self-healing, sensory)
  • Sound-absorbing and light-technical materials
  • Flame retardants

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    DITF honored with 'DNFI Innovation of Natural Fibres Award

    The Denkendorf research team receives the award for the development of 'PureCell', a single-grade fiber composite made of cellulose.

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    • Ernst-Pelz-Award for Dr. Antje Ota and Dr. Frank Hermanutz. Photo: C.A.R.M.E.N. e.V.
    Research on carbon fibers from wood awarded again

    Dr. Frank Hermanutz and Dr. Antje Ota were presented with the Ernst Pelz Prize for Renewable Resources 2020 for the development of a sustainable manufacturing process.

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    Cellulose fibers against climate change

    There will continue to be unavoidable CO2 emissions that have to be compensated. The DITF are developing textile materials for active CO2 capture from the air as part of a research project.

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    DITF publication awarded Editor's Choice

    The editorial board of the 'materials journal' has selected the article "Melt-Spinning of an Intrinsically Flame-Retardant Polyacrylonitrile Copolymer" by Simon König et al. as Editor's Choice Paper.

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    High-Performance Fiber Center

    On more than 1,000m², DITF offers state-of-the-art facilities, unmatched world-wide, for an efficient development of high-performance fibers. More information about the technical equipment and applications of the HPFC can be found in our flyer. Download here

    Cellulose chitin fibers - new materials for medical technology

    Chitin makes insect wings flexible. This polysaccharide could soon be used in dressing materials in medicine.

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    Latent epoxy systems for fiber-reinforced plastics

    DITF develop new resin systems for fiber-reinforced plastics that simplify process technology.

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