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

DITF researchers are working on sustainable products and concepts with function-plus. Intelligent integrated production concepts enable products with short, local supply chains. Smart textiles detect the environment and react to it in a targeted manner. Through integrated sensors and/or actuators, textiles help to save energy, optimize processes and extend product life cycles. They support people in their everyday lives and thus sustainably improve the quality of life. Examples include smart homes, smart neighborhoods and smart cities, living walls and medical textiles.

Research work in textile finishing focuses on biopolymers, single-grade composites and energy efficient processes. Many tasks deal with material recycling or biodegradability at the end of a product's life. Researchers are working on solutions to minimize the impact of microplastics on our environment.

The DITF research and testing laboratories are constantly expanding the field of applications and are open to new questions from their partners. Sustainable textile products and production concepts are developed both in direct contract research for the industry and in publicly funded research projects. In addition, the DITF are also engaged in basic research to be able to develop sustainable textiles and processes for the world of tomorrow.


  • Single-variety composites
  • Productivity increase and optimal raw material utilization
  • Resource-efficient processes and procedures
  • Energy generation through textiles
  • Textile materials for biotechnology and environmental protection
  • Holistic view of sustainability
  • Circular economy
  • Mechanical, thermal, chemical recycling

Infos und Downdloads

    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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    Smart Composites EN

    Sensory multilayer fabrics as a structural component of fibre composite materials for continuous component monitoring.


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    BioMat Pavilion 2021 opened

    The pavilion on the Stuttgart Campus is the result of the LeichtPRO research project for future-oriented sustainable architecture. The DITF, together with CG-Tec, BAM and Steinhuder Werkzeugbau, developed and produced the pultruded profiles used from flax and hemp fibers. Press Release of Stuttgart University

    Larissa Born receives Manfred Hirschvogel Award

    Dr.-Ing. Larissa Born receives the Manfred Hirschvogel Award. The prize is awarded annually at the nine leading technical universities in Germany for the best dissertation in the field of mechanical engineering. The DITF congratulates the scientist at the ITFT on this achievement!

    Link to the press release of the ITFT