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

http://www.innotex.upc.edu | innotex.center@upc.edu | +34 93 739 80 01

  • Ecological risk assessment of pesticides in the Ebro River Delta and its areas of influence

    Existing methods for the environmental risk assessment of contaminants are unrealistic due to the difficulty of establishing reliable exposure levels in organisms, the intrinsic problems of using biological responses determined in the laboratory and in just a few species, and the impossibility of including effects at the community level. This is a serious problem when dealing with pesticides, given their potential toxicity and complex environmental behaviour.  This project has developed a comprehensive field-sampling system for the environmental risk assessment of pesticides in the communities of the Ebro River Delta and its areas of greatest influence, taking into consideration the bioavailability and toxicity of the main sources of contaminants, as well as their effects on the invertebrate communities of the region's habitats.
    Biochemical biomarkers in organisms are used to characterise the bioavailability of contaminants and specific effects of compounds with a specific mode of action. The data obtained from the project contributes decisively to improving the capacity to predict and diagnose environmental problems.

  • Development of new textile machinery, especially for spinning, and laboratory apparatus in collaboration with national and foreign building firms.

  • Hygienic sanitary pads and tampons made from maximum absorption natural cotton

    Innotex Center/CTF, in collaboration with the Cotton High Tech (Cohitech) company, has carried out a project to obtain the first hygienic sanitary pads and tampons made from 100% natural cotton. The use of 100% natural cotton reduces the risk of irritation, itching and allergies in people with sensitive skin. The new sanitary pads and tampons have the same absorption capacity as standard products. This has been achieved by modifying the rheological properties of the fiber, that is, their arrangement within the product, as this is the factor that affects breathability and the capacity to absorb liquids.