The Institute for Macromolecular Studies (ISMAC) is an Institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is an internationally recognised centre of Polymer/Textile Science. The session of Biella (ISMAC- BI) came from the former Wool Research Institute and it is totally devoted to the textile field, more especially to wool science and technology. ISMAC-BI is based in Biella, the town of the world’s leader wool industry, and it is well known for its competence on raw wool, semi-manufactured and finished wool textiles. The activity and experience of ISMAC-BI in the area of the proposal is documented by many research projects and a large amount of international publication on the:
– Preparation and characterization of new commodities from by-products of the wool textile industry and from stock farming residues;
– Process innovation and biotechnology application in the wool textile field.
Among the activity in the area of the proposal, ISMAC-BI has developed a comprehensive characterisation of all the Italian sheep breeds and their wools.
The institute has been involved in the valorisation and exploitation of poor quality wools (coarse wool) from sheep farming butchery and textile industry wastes, with the financial support of the Regione Piemonte and the CARIPLO Foundation. The project leader has the role of CNR Research Executive at the ISMAC-BI and is Professor of Textile Fibres and Technology at the I Faculty of Engineering of the Polytechnic of Turin, MSc in Textile Engineering.
For more details seehttp://www.bi.ismac.cnr.it/
Contact person at CNR-ISMAC:
Eng. Prof. Claudio Tonin and Dr. Raffaella Mossotti