Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH


Innotex Center

INNOTEX Center was founded in 2013 as a result of the integration of CTF UPC, the Intexter Institute and CRIT UPC. The Center benefits from the considerable industrial experience and knowledge of these three entities. INNOTEX Center is a leader in research and development for general industry that draws on years of university-business collaboration in the fields of textiles, toxicology and the environment.

INNOTEX CENTER has cross technological capabilities and experience in the development of projects in three main areas:


• Structure and properties of textile materials.
• Textile biotechnology, enzyme and biopolymer applications to fibres.
• Development and application of elastic filaments.
• Design and construction of prototypes of new yarn, fabric and non-woven fabric structures for fashion, domestic, technical and smart technology uses.
• Use of microcapsules in the spinning process (containing perfumes, medicines, cohesive materials, lubricants, wetting agents, photostabilizers and other products that give the materials specific properties).
• Innovations in the processes of spinning, bleaching, dyeing and finishing.
• Optimization and evaluation of detergents and the application of surfactants and polymers to textiles.
• Construction of textile machinery and measuring and control equipment.
• Analysis of fibres, yarns, fabrics and non-woven fabric structures. Official reports on defects.


• Basic and applied research on environmental aspects: toxicology and microbiology.
• Product safety and formulation according to European directives.
• Detection of biofilms on surfaces, biodegradation of polymers and disinfection strategies.
• Study of cell changes caused by the action of drugs, contaminants and microorganisms.
• Ecotoxicology of chemical and biological contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial environments.
Physiological and histopathological effects on aquatic organisms.
• In vitro toxicity tests using cells and alternative systems.
• Biochemical and enzyme studies of xenobiotics.
• Development of new toxicity and viability assays.
• Studies of toxicity, bioaccumulation and biodegradation of potential chemical and biological contaminants in industrial products and diverse materials.
• Study and development of biosensors.
• Analysis of specific biomarkers.

INNOTEX CENTER holds over 20 patents, most of which are in use by companies,  and has one spin off.

INNOTEX CENTER produces marketable prototype s, since it has several industrial pilot plants and a machine shop for prototyping. Its approach is interdisciplinary, which facilitates the development of multi-sectoral applications.

For example, INNOTEX CENTER’s developments and technology can be applied in the following industrial sectors:

AeronauticalAutomotiveCeramicsTextile machinery constructionCosmeticsSports and leisurePharmaceuticalEnvironmental analysis laboratoriesMedical and healthChemicalSafety and personal protectionTextile









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Auxiliary subsectors


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Fashion and domestic

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  • Development, in conjunction with two multinationals, of new fibres for personal protection clothing and elastic fibres to make fabrics more comfortable and more flexible to the person wearing them

  • Antibacterial fabric

    An antibacterial fabric has been created with the structural properties of a cellulose-based fibre. It can absorb fluids and damp, and eliminate bad smells, itching and fungal infections. As the fibre has been treated with zinc instead of silver, skin side effects, such as dermatosis and irritation, are avoided. The fabric is particularly useful for hyperhidrosis sufferers and for sportspeople. Carried out in collaboration with SUTRAN, D.S.L.

  • Biological methods for assessing the environmental risk of contaminants in Mediterranean river ecosystems

    This project aims to implement existing systems for assessing the ecological quality of the waters characteristic of Mediterranean rivers through the development and application of a comprehensive in situ biological monitoring system capable of providing data on the bioavailability of contaminants and their ecological effects. It consists of an integrated study of the bioaccumulation of these contaminants in different organisms, specific toxicity responses, and responses to ecological processes. Bioassays are conducted in the field to assess alterations in the function of the river ecosystem based on the effects on the consumption of plant biomass and detritus by the macroinvertebrates of the Mediterranean river fauna. Biochemical and histopathological biomarkers in the organisms are used to characterise the bioavailability of contaminants and see the specific effects of compounds with a specific action mechanism (endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, pesticides). These bioassays are compared and complemented with current ecological quality assessment methods based on macroinvertebrate species diversity studies and laboratory toxicity tests. The data obtained will contribute decisively to improving both the capacity to predict and diagnose environmental problems in river ecosystems and the corresponding environmental management tools.

  • Development of heating fabrics for medical applications.