The design of a novel environmentally improved, industrial cotton pre-treatment process

G.H. Bouwhuis

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    The scope of this thesis is the development of a new industrial applicable pre-treatment process for cotton based on catalysis. The pre-treatment generally consists of desizing, scouring and bleaching. These processes can be continuous or batch wise. Advances in the science of biocatalytic pre-treatment of cotton and catalytic bleaching formed the scientific basis for this work. The work of Agrawal on enzymes for bio-scouring and of Topalovic on catalytic bleaching led to the conclusion that reduced reaction temperatures for the pre-treatment processes of cotton are possible. A second reason for the present work is a persistent and strong pressure on the industry to implement ‘more sustainable’ and environmental friendlier processes. It was clear that for the industrial implementation of the newly developed process it would be necessary to ‘translate’ the academic knowledge based on the catalysts, into a process at conditions that are applicable in textile industry. Previous experiences learned that the transition from academic knowledge into industrial applicable processes often failed. This is caused by lack of experience of university researchers with industrial product and process development as well as a lack of awareness of industrial developers of academic research. This is especially evident for the so-called Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s). To overcome this gap a first step was to organize collaboration between academic institutes and industries. The basis for the collaboration was the prospect of this work for benefits for all parties involved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • Warmoeskerken, Marinus, Supervisor
    • van Swaaij, Wim P.M., Supervisor
    Award date10 Mar 2011
    Place of PublicationZutphen
    Print ISBNs978-90-365-3153-5
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2011


    • IR-76258
    • METIS-277189


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