COST Action MP1105  Sustainable flame retardancy for textiles and related
materials based on nanoparticles substituting conventional chemicals
FINAL ASSESSMENT REPORT  (23/05/2012– 30/04/2016)
This report assessing the full lifetime of the Action is submitted by the Rapporteur.
Confidentiality:This report, other than the Summary Assessment, is confidential to the Management Committee and the COST Association (including the Committee of Senior Officials, Scientific Committee and Administration). The Summary Assessment is non-confidential.The main aim of the Action was to form a multidisciplinary Knowledge Platform on Sustainable Flame Retardancy to facilitate the rapid development of fire safe textiles and related materials taking into account ecological and technological aspects. The topic is defined correctly, the need for the realisation of such platform in Europe is obvious. Every year many lives are lost, and a lot of serious injuries are caused by direct exposure to unwanted fires and its effluents. Some accidents with fire will always happen, but more common use of fire retardant materials, especially textiles can give large number of social benefits.  Additionally European science and industry should be interested in advanced textile products with high added value.

Big impression is given by the size of this project. Flaretex was remarkably large project. In its realisation were involved 30 countries (28 COST and 2 non-COST members). The coordination of the project with so many participants must be really difficult.  So, the number of the consortium members is a big advantage.
Project was divided into 4 Actions. During 4 years of its realisation  25 scientific events were organised and co-organised. In those events were involved 1094 individual participants from various research fields! That confirms that aims and achievements of the project were disseminated widely. This fact should be also graded highly.
Project meetings were also used by 366 industrial representatives. That number looks good, but we cannot see almost any real examples of industrial applications project’s scientific achievements. There is mentioned very shortly only one collaboration example without any effects. The authors report that: The large participation of industrial representatives at several COST MP1105 Workshops and Conferences guarantees that the research results presented will be used for industrial applications in the future. Unfortunately, only participation doesn’t confirm the future implementation. The confidentiality in business is clear, but it would be good to show just possible vision of some industrial applications. One example is definitely not enough. The area of commercialisation of the novel research products and processes developed by academics is weak side of Flaretex project.
The research work of the project is concerning on the looking for alternatives to traditional flame retardants. The new substances should be possibly taken from green chemistry solutions. Contractors propose to use biomacromolecules, like caseins, hydrophobins, whey proteins and nucleic acid. Scientific side of the project is its very strong. The content of ten best papers included in the report is very impressive and in some years we can see completely new approach in flame retardant textiles. Additionally the list of paper presented on the web page contains 136 scientific papers, 2 patent applications and 11 book chapters. It is impossible to read all of them in short time, but it confirms large amount of scientific work which was done during project realisation.
Participants from Finland: Tampere University of Technology, Tampere,  Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo and Avilon Ltd, Valkeakoski
The project’s web page is clear, easy in use and contains a lot of information. The dissemination of the Flaretex project effects in three areas: web page, meetings (especially open for wide audience) and scientific paper. It is very good that ten best papers was published in open access formula.
The assesment of the action is based on subcriteria, as follows:
⦁ Assessment of Achievements
⦁ Assessment of the Networking
⦁ Assessment of Dissemination and exploitation of Action results
⦁ Assessment of Action Success(s)
⦁ Assessment of the management of the Action budget
⦁ Action Rapporteur details and procedures
In completing the Assessment Report the Action Rapporteur
⦁ reviewed the following documents:
⦁ Action MoU (⦁
⦁ Draft Action Achievement Report
The scientific outcome of the Action ia available on publications, as follows: