NO BUG - Novel Release System and Bio-Based Utilities for Insect Repellent Textiles and Garments (2009 - 2013)

In several applications of professional textiles and clothes mosquito repellency is an important issue. Two major problems arise:

  1. repellents currently in use are harmful, resistance to conventional repellents increases.
  2. the lifetime of release systems is too short.

Solving these two problems were the main goals of the No Bug project. Novel biorepellents were considered and evaluated as well as two release systems (multilayer coating and textile bioaggregates) in order to repel mosquitoes causing malaria or dengue. Novel release concepts were multilayer coatings and in situ release of the active compounds. Targeted prototypes were textiles for health workers and bed nets (mosquitoes). The project studied the best conditions of use of the biorepellents and how to integrate them in the textile products. Testing, exploitation and dissemination were an active part of the work.

Supported by: EU FP7-NMP 2008-SME-2

Duration: 10/2009 - 09/2013

Contact: Dr. Benny Malengier - Prof. Dr. ir. Lieva Van Langenhove