On the 20-21st of October, the lovely Katharina Bredies and Berit Greinke from the UdK DRLab, myself and my colleague Marion Bertin headed out to the city of Aachen to meet some of the friendly folks at ITA Aachen. ITA was founded in 1871 and has been a leader in the fields of textile engineering and textile machine manufacturing for many decades.

We met with David Schmelzeisen and few of his colleagues and received a tour of the facilities. We had a chance to ask about possible collaborations, active research areas at ITA and how things were done in this highly technical environment. The reinstitute is very well equipped sporting very impressive textile testing facilities, knitting braiding and yarn prepossessing machinery of every shape and size as well as a number of very modern and specialized small and pilot plant size extrusion labs.

Posted by:Mila Svechtarova

I am a chemist/material scientist with a fascination and passion for design and fashion. I am a driven and creative person with a hands-on mentality and some experience with polymers, organic synthesis and coatings/formulation. I'm quite sociable and enjoy working with people from all backgrounds and disciplines. I also have a creative side, I have been sketching fashion designs since I was very young and I'm interested in learning how to execute them better. Additionally. I have dabbled in graphic design, as a freelancer. My dream is to combine chemistry and fashion together and synthesize beautiful textiles and garments.