Techtextil North America

Free membership

Receive our weekly Newsletter
and set tailored daily news alerts.


Teijin Aramid’s carbon nanotube fibres awarded with Paul Schlack prize

According to Teijin Aramid and Rice University, the new fibres combine high thermal and electrical conductivity, as seen in metals, with the flexibility of textile fibres.

2nd October 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Arnhem

Medical/Hygiene, Transport/​Aerospace, Industrial, Clothing/​Footwear

Martin Otto (middle) receives the award from Frederic van Houte, Director General CIRFS (left), right is Prof Dr Hilmar Fuchs (Board of Directors). © Teijin AramidResearchers of Teijin Aramid and the US based Rice University are awarded with the honorary Paul Schlack Man-Made Fibres Prize for corporate-academic partnerships in fibre research.

The Paul Schlack prize was granted by the European Man-made Fibres Association to Dr Marcin Otto, Business Development Manager at Teijin Aramid and Prof Dr Matteo Pasquali from Rice University Texas, for the development of a new generation super fibres using carbon nanotubes (CNT).

According to the partners, the new super fibres combine high thermal and electrical conductivity, as seen in metals, with the flexibility, robust handling and strength of textile fibres.

Beginning of innovations

“The introduction of carbon nanotube fibres marked the beginning of a series of innovations in various industries”, commented Marcin Otto, Business Development Manager at Teijin Aramid.

“For example, CNT fibres can be lifesaving for heart patients: one string of CNT fibre in the cardiac muscle suffices to transmit vital electrical pulses to the heart. Or by replacing copper in data cables and light power cables by CNT fibres it’s possible to make satellites, aircraft and high end cars lighter and more robust at the same time.”

Excellent academic research

Since 1971, the Paul Schlack foundation annually grants one monetary prize to an individual young researcher for outstanding research in the field of fibre research, and an honorary prize to the leader(s) of excellent academic and corporate research partnerships to promote research at universities and research institutes.

For several years, leading researchers at Rice University and Teijin Aramid worked together on the development of CNT production. Teijin Aramid and Rice University published their research findings on carbon nanotubes fibres in the leading scientific journal Science, in the beginning of 2013.

Teijin Aramid

Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group. Its aramid products Twaron, Sulfron, Teijinconex, Technora and its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Endumax are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight.

They are used in different applications and markets including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, ropes, fibre optic cables and oil and gas. These high performance materials are produced in the Netherlands and Japan.

Latest Reports

Business intelligence for the fibre, textiles and apparel industries: technologies, innovations, markets, investments, trade policy, sourcing, strategy...

Find out more