Laura Freixas (leader), Marina Castán, Salva Fàbregas, Judit Gonzalez, Francesc Ribot, Pau Romagosa, Xavier Tutó, Carles Araguz, Marta González, Javier Peña, and the support of the students Pau Tubau, Aina Sos, Carlos Pellicer, Hugo Rivera, Maria Fernández


Clúster de Materials Avançats, MODACC, Fundació Privada per a la Innovació Tèxtil (FITEX), DAN*NA, LCI

Research Group

Materials & Wellbeing


Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo a través del programa de apoyo de Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras

BIOCEL is an industrial research project that transforms waste organic matter into biofabricated filaments. The new production system is digitally controlled to obtain a biodegradable filament, generating an on-demand production service.

The textile industry is responsible for 20% of global drinking water pollution, 10% of global carbon emissions, the incineration of 87% of clothing and the release of microplastics into the environment. So, the need for a paradigm shift in this sector is urgent.


The BIOCEL proposal focuses on the following three pillars:

  • New production processes of sustainable raw material and production on demand.
  • Virtual fashion and new design software.
  • Digital manufacturing of soft products.

The main objective of this project is to explore the potential of biotechnology to develop more sustainable and healthy materials for application to the textile sector in accordance with the European strategy for a circular and sustainable textile; as well as the development of advanced production technologies in line with the digital transformation in the value chain of sustainable materials for applications in the textile and fashion industry.

The expected results of the project are the obtaining of different functionalized BIOCEL filaments and their characterization, a virtual fashion collection using BIOCEL as an aesthetic material, and a knitted textile sampler with biodegradable BIOCEL filament.

BIOCEL is led by the Clúster de Materials Avançats, and co-promoted by MODACC, Fundació Privada per a la Innovació Tèxtil (FITEX), DAN*NA, LCI and Elisava Research.

The project is financed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism through the support program for Innovative Business Groups.