Supplier of graphene-based products Directa Plus has secured funding from the regional government of Lombardy, Italy.
The €1 million European grant will help it fund research into smart fabrics. It will see the company become the project leader of a research team that includes Italian companies Novaresin and Soliani, and Politecnico di Milano, one of the largest technical universities in Italy.
Directa Plus said the project will focus on the development of its Graphene Plus (G+) membranes, which allow a fabric to act as a filter between the body and external environment. This makes it easier for the wearer to maintain a comfortable temperature as warmth produced by the body is preserved and distributed evenly in cold climates, yet dispersed in warm climates.
“Over the last six months we have made tremendous progress in the textiles segment, which has seen the launch of several customers’ end-products as well as an increasing pipeline of near- and medium-term commercial opportunities,” said Directa Plus chief executive Giulio Cesareo. “With the award of this grant, we have a great opportunity to further develop our range of textile products to meet the demands of the textile indu