Fibrenamics is an international platform that belongs to University of Minho that is working across sectors – with an emphasis on architecture, construction, sport, medicine, protection, transport and home textiles – covering all the extraordinary world of fibers.
Underpinned by a multidisciplinary team with scientific fields ranging from a multitude of engineering areas (Textile, Structures, Polymers, Biomedical, Mechanical, Materials, Chemistry, Electronics, etc.) to the human sciences and communication, Fibrenamics has 15 registered patents, more than 500 articles published in scientific journals and conferences, and has several innovative products developed in partnership with industrial players that are a tremendous success in the market. Fibrenamics network has more than 200 entities, from both the Scientific and Technological System (national and international), companies and business agents, elementary and high schools, and the media partners.
Fibrenamics team is divided by working groups with three different purposes: fundamental research; applied research; and marketing, communication and multimedia.
The fundamental research group is dedicate to the production of scientific knowledge, which is the basis of all the work of applied research group. We can count on the contribution of PhD students and post-doctoral from various areas.
The answer to society real problems as well as the transfer of technology to the market in the form of innovative products – grounded at the junction of scientific knowledge with the business technological capacity of Fibrenamics partners – is the daily mission of applied research group. This group develops research and technological development projects directly with companies, creating innovative value-added products to the market.
The marketing, communication and multimedia group is responsible for the daily updats of the platform, establishing partnerships, promoting projects and products to all audiences, as well as do the public relations of Fibrenamics. It is also the responsibility of this group to promote the network within the platform, and interact with various agents of innovation through knowledge transfer activities, such as advanced training courses, workshops, conferences, among others.
Fibrenamics mission is to be the common denominator for innovation and multi-sectoral cooperation, contributing to the socio-economic development and business competitiveness on a sustained basis in the short, medium and long term. Because we believe that the fibers are the future, we work daily with a clear objective: ‘Fibre the Future’!
Fibrenamics is focused on promoting, enhancing and respond to R&D needs of its partners, contributing to the qualitative and quantitative increase of scientific knowledge concerning the extraordinary world of the fibers.
Fibrenamics has an accumulated experience of many years of work from Fibrous Materials Research Group (FMRG), a part of University of Minho School of Engineering, which Fibrenamics coordinator, Raul Fangueiro, took part.
As a result of this experience, Fibrenamics project was launched within the Life Science program, , back in 2011, which is presented in order to develop content for the dissemination in the media about the latest developments in the field of fiber-based materials, as well how to take the extraordinary world of the fibers to the elementary and high schools. The excellent results of the project – which included the production of a documentary series shown on national television – allowed the evolution of the platform towards what it is today: the aggregator of all who believe that the future is full of fiber, and an agent for the development of innovative products through the promotion of university-industry relationship.
In 2015, applied research group that belonged to FMRG also happened to be integrated into the Fibrenamics team, giving rise to what is now the current work of the International Platform Fibrenamics of the University of Minho.