COST ACTION MP1105 - FLARETEX (2012 - 2016)

Sustainable flame retardancy for textiles and related materials based on nanoparticles substituting conventional chemicals (FLARETEX)

The main aim of the COST Action FLARETEX is to form a European multidisciplinary Knowledge Platform on Sustainable Flame Retardancy to facilitate the rapid development of fire safe textiles and related materials of low toxicity and ecotoxicity, using all the available/novel technologies. In particular, this platform will help to promote cooperation between researchers from different scientific disciplines, efficiently exchanging ideas and strategies in order to lead developments in fire safety, fire retardants (FR) and environmentally friendly fire retarded textiles and related materials.

Scientific focus :

  • Identification of the safer alternative to halogenated and antimony based FRs.
  • Development of new and sustainable nanobased FR systems for application in textile and related materials.
  • Analysis of their effectiveness, durability, (smoke) toxicity and particularly environmental impact (LCA).
  • Improved surface treatment (plasma, enzymes, ultrasound, UV, etc.) and application processes (coating, spinning, sol-gel, micro-encapsulation, (photo) chemical, etc.) for FRs.
  • Drawing up of testing methods, performance standards and durability requirements for FRs in different sectors (protective clothing, automotive, construction, packaging, etc.).
  • Study of the synergistic effect of combining nanomaterials with conventional FRs.
  • Development of a modelling tool, based on the existing knowledge of FRs and new scientific results, to be used by industry to predict the properties of newly designed products in an optimal way.
  • Characterisation, safety aspects, quality assurance, property database.
  • Scaling up and commercialisation.

Upcoming activities  :

  • Industrial workshop on ‘Flame retardant functionalisation of textiles in industrial laundering and dry cleaning’ (5 October 2012, Twente, NL)
  • Scientific workshop on ‘Innovative Flame Retardant Systems (applications and testing)’ (21-22 March 2013, Maribor, SI)
  • MC meeting + Scientific workshop on ‘Nanoparticles for flame retardancy: challenges and risks’ (15-16 May 2013, Krakow, PL), within the MPM2013 Polymer conference

Short-Term Scientific Missions :

A COST Action enables young scientists to have a working experience abroad by Short-Term Scientific Missions of minimum one week and maximum 3 months. These Missions are aimed at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to go to an institution or laboratory in another COST MP1105 member state to foster collaboration, to learn a new technique or to take measurements using instruments and/or methods not available in their own institution.

Interested applicants must use the on-line registration tool and submit his/her full application to the STSM coordinator, Prof. Victoria Dutschk,, and to the Chair of the Action, Prof. Paul Kiekens,

Who can participate?

Once a country has signed up to the COST action all institutions of this particular country are entitled to participate. The 22 countries which have signed up so far are: AT, BE, BG, CH, CZ, DE, DK, EL, ES, FI, FR, HR, IT, LT, NL, PL, PT, SI, SK, SE, TR, UK.

COST is an open network and further countries are welcome to participate (see procedure on ).

Contact details :

Chair of the Action : Prof. Paul Kiekens, Department of Textiles, Ghent University, Belgium

Science Officer : Dr. Caroline Whelan, COST Office


Further information can be found on the COST webpage and on the webpage of the COST action MP1105 .


Specific questions can be sent to :


Duration: 23/05/2012 - 22/05/2016