FH Bielefeld
University of
Applied Sciences

Projects

2020
  • Customised bio-based masks consisting of nanofibres with natural ingredients offering high wearing and breathing comfort and antibacterial properties

    Key words: nanofibers, bio-based antibacterial masks, breathing comfort, covid-19 pandemic
    Supported from: internal fund Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences "Innovations against the Corona crisis”
    Budget: 3.000 Euro
    Duration: 01.06.2020-30.06.2021

    Brief description of the project:
    Wearing masks helps to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic and protect yourself and others. In this project, antimicrobial masks containing nanofibres with embedded biobased natural active antimicrobial components such as aloe vera, cinnamon, thyme, lavender, rosemary, herbal extracts, chitin, lemon, etc. will be developed. These masks are designed to be comfortable to wear and breathe, and their natural ingredients have a positive effect on the skin and protect against pathogens.  

  • Mycelium-cotton composite masks for protection against pathogens

    Key words: mushroom Pleurotus Ostreatus, mycelium, natural bio-polymers, Covid-19
    Supported from: internal fund Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences "Innovations against the Corona crisis”
    Budget: 3.000 Euro
    Duration: 01.06.2020-30.06.2021

    Brief description of the project:
    The biggest problem today is the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Preventive measures include wearing a fabric mask and suppressing the spread. However, the fabric masks become damp from the air breathed in, provide a bridge for infection through subsequent contact with the facial mucous membranes, and pose a risk of infection. This project aims to develop a mask based on mycelium of the fungal species Pleurotus Ostratus on cotton, which suppresses the spreading of pathogens such as bacteria and viruses.
2018
  • Development of the 3D printer-based tredico technology for printing bio-based composites as a material

    Key words: mushroom mycelium, 3D printing, composite, orthoses, additive manufacturing
    Supported from: Ministry of Science and Research (MIWF) of North Rhine-Westphalia, competition "START-UP University Spin-offs NRW”, 
    Budget: 240.000 Euro
    Duration: 01.01.2018-31.12.2019

    Brief description of the project:
    Demographic change is leading to an increasing demand for orthoses and medical aids. The business idea of start-up "tredico" is to produce individually adapted orthoses using a multifunctional 3D printer. The "tredico" technology consists in the production of a fungus mycelium-supported composite, which can be modelled into a sandwich structure with reinforcing fibres and optionally dilatant liquid. This sandwich structure is light, stable, flexible, weatherproof, breathable and cheaper than synthetic materials currently available on the market. Due to the fungus mycelium stabilised filament, the material is also 100% biodegradable.