Our current research highlights

With effect from 1 May 2017, the Hohenstein Institute has set up a new centre for textile public health as part of its group of companies in Boennigheim. The Hohenstein Health Center will concentrate specifically on medical textiles, i.e. clothing, textile products or processes which affect human health.

National and international studies suggest that over 50% of women wear a badly fitting bra and that many women have major problems finding the right bra size for them. The recently completed research project of the Hohenstein Group provides new data on breast volume to optimise cup sizes. New system allows cup sizes to be determined in accordance with body shape and breast volume.

As part of a research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Boennigheim have been developing and investigating a textile finish that provides a sensory cooling effect. This textile finish has a lasting mild cooling effect and it is especially useful for example, when treating sports injuries, or after insect bites or for other therapeutic purposes.

In a joint project called "AlBioTex", researchers at the Hohenstein Institute, B.R.A.I.N AG and Kelheim Fibres GmbH established a biotechnological process to produce bacterial alginate.The research partners have succeeded in mapping out for the first time a complete production and treatment process, from using biotechnology to produce bacterial alginate, right through to producing fibres and manufacturing textile materials.

Scientists from the Hohenstein Institute have developed a test set up for pollen adhesion / repellence which simulates the flight of pollen and helps them study how it adheres to textiles. It offers textile manufacturers the chance of developing optimised clothing and domestic textiles in future for people who are allergic to pollen, in order to alleviate the annoying symptoms of hay fever.

Researchers at the Hohenstein Institute have established a digital method for three-dimensional analysis of the surface of textiles that come into direct contact with people's skin. The process will mainly help the industry to improve the friction properties of textiles that are normally in direct contact with the skin.

Does it effectively protect the wearer from harmful UV radiation? Is it also comfortable to wear? A recently completed research project at the Hohenstein Institute provides answers to these interesting questions. To find out what makes the best sportswear, read here.

What can you do if trousers in size 62 simply don't fit? Our researchers have developed new solutions in their "Plus-size men" project. Read here how the Hohenstein scientists are helping the clothing industry to develop menswear in plus sizes.

As part of a CORNET project by the European research consortium "Touché", the Hohenstein Institute is addressing unresolved issues about the interaction of human skin with textiles and how textiles are perceived.

Joint project produces promising research results on improving the protective effect and wearing comfort of clothing designed to protect welders from splashes of molten metal.

Based on research results from the Hohenstein Institute, the sports fashion design studio eiermann+hattenkerl and Biehler Sportswear have produced the first ever optimised prototype collection for the professional players in the RSB Thuringia Bulls wheelchair basketball team. The players are excited about the results.

Researchers at the Hohenstein Institute are studying a promising new way of recycling carbon fibres using biotechnology to bring about degradation. They are making use of the fact that certain microorganisms are able to digest the plastic matrix of CFRPs in a metabolic process. This process could be used in future to extract the valuable carbon fibres without damaging them so that they can be reclaimed for re-use in new products.

Stronger, safer and more resistant: A new kind of heat protective clothing is being developed based on graphene modification that offers many advantages over existing systems.

Thousands of people's heads were measured using 3D technology. The newly obtained data is helping manufacturers to develop helmets that fit better and are more comfortable to wear.


The fit and workmanship of clothing is checked by skilled clothing technicians.

A digital, 3D-based process for analysing the fit of ladies' outerwear offers clothing manufacturers an overview of typical fitting problems. It also shows how these can be eliminated by adjusting the cut or using alternative materials.

With a one-piece item like a dress it is difficult to cater for different body proportions in a single garment. This is the challenge that has been taken on by the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim and the Hamburg-based company Matteo Dosso as part of a research project (ZIM No. KF2136726CJ2).

The ARTificial UteruS "ARTUS" gives premature babies in integrators a similar sense of security and sensory stimulation to what they experience in their mother's womb. The textile therapy system is currently undergoing its first practical trials in hospitals.

As part of an IGF research project (AiF No. 17150N), scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim and the Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI) in Aachen have developed an antimicrobial treatment for wool and other textiles containing wool.

Optimising protective operating theatre clothing in terms of comfort and durability enables significant amounts of waste to be avoided and valuable resources saved. Find out here whether you too could benefit from the improved market potential of reusable protective clothing.


Human test subjects also assess the physiological comfort of car seats in a driving simulator in the climate chamber.

The government hopes that by 2020 there will be one million electric cars on Germany's roads. However, to make electric vehicles attractive to large parts of the population, one of the aspects that needs to be improved is their range.

Innovative heating textiles supply plants with warmth round their roots. When used in the greenhouse, they help save energy, because the ambient temperature can be greatly lowered with no reduction in yield.

Christine Lämmle has won this year's research prize from the German Society for Wound Healing (DGfW). At the DGfW's 17th annual conference in Bochum, she was presented with the prize for "establishing an alginate implant colonised with stem cells for use in autologous soft tissue replacement".

As part of an AiF research project (AiF-No. N 17407 N1), scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim have for the first time developed a textile treatment with both antiviral and antibacterial functionality. This technology should lead to the development of products to help break the chain of infection in kindergartens, children's daycare centres and hospitals.

The efficacy of a special night-time brassiere designed to reduce the formation of wrinkles in the décolleté was investigated by the scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim on behalf of the developer of the product, the company Fixinator e.K. from the German state of Baden-Württemberg. In the framework of their exploratory study involving wearing of the garment, they discovered that the special design of the bra can help avoid wrinkles in the décolleté area if worn at night on a regular basis.

In recent years, as part of research project AiF No. 17377 N, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute (Bönnigheim) have generated huge amounts of data from which they have been able to derive practical ways of optimising sportswear for wheelchair users.


With laser technology welded seams are both impermeable to water, air and germs and extremely plane. Concurrently such seams have high stability and elasticity. Textile material properties, such as the impermeability to water of a membranous fabric, aren’t negatively influenced by welding.

As part of the research project (AiF No. 17031 N) "Absorber systems for the laser welding of textiles", scientists at the Hohenstein Institute (Bönnigheim) and the DWI Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (Aachen) have developed new absorber systems for laser welding technical textiles in the infrared spectrum. The researchers have already used them to weld all kinds of different textile materials.

On 28 May 2014, the German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst will take off from the cosmodrome in Baikonur/Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). During the six-month "Blue Dot" mission, Gerst will be responsible for almost 40 different experiments including the "Spacetex" project, the first clothing physiology experiments to be carried out in a weightless environment. It is hoped that the “Spacetex” project will shed new light on the interaction between body, clothing and climate.

Combining bacteria-proof fabrics with special membrane materials has greatly improved the acoustic properties and breathability of covers for pillows. The new development is the result of a research project and should make these so-called pillow encasings more popular. They are mainly used in hospitals, old people's and care homes and in hotels, to prevent the transmission of bacteria from one person to another via pillows

In a pilot study on the neurophysiological perception of textiles on the skin, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute and at Neuromarketing Labs investigated thinking processes while test persons wear business underwear: Test winner was "99°F".

Scientists from the Neuromarketing Labs and the Hohenstein Institute are currently working on a pilot study for the perception of textiles worn close to the body. An experimental test records the effect of clothing on the emotions and thinking processes in the human brain.

With the use of special bioindicators, dental practices can independently verify whether pathogens are successfully removed from professional clothing in the household washing machine.

New types of textile finishings are intended to absorb or reflect the long wave spectrum of the body's own IR radiation, protecting e.g. employees in chilled warehouses from getting too cold.

Head protection has become mandatory or at least strongly recommended for many work and leisure activities. Scientists are now working on the prerequisites for helmets offering better fit and more wearing comfort.

Energy-efficient washing procedures shorten the life cycle of white mixed cotton-polyester fabrics through premature greying. As part of a research project, scientists investigate washing detergents and methods to secure both a long value retention and cost stability.

Within the framework of a research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim are aiming to optimise functionality and comfort of sportswear for wheelchair users.It is expected that the results of the project will be available for interested manufacturers from early 2014.

In addition to modern sportswear, the market is increasingly demanding functional undergarments for the fashion and business sectors. These gaps in the market have now been closed by a current research project entitled (ZIM-Project KF2136724CJ2) which is investigating first-layer textiles.

According to a study from 2003, 49% of fatalities amongst fire-fighters in the USA were attributable to heat stress.* Based on this study and within the framework of the research project (AiF-Nr. 16676 N) scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, in conjunction with several industry partners, have developed special functional underwear for fire-fighting deployment teams.

Modern functional textiles for sport, leisure and professional wear are true high-tech products. Such textiles are also increasingly furnished with properties designed to prevent unpleasant sweat odours, but this is where there are big differences in quality. It is no surprise therefore that, in addition to the fibre type (e.g. polyester, cotton), the design and the finish of the textiles are very important.

Women with plus-size figures made a start two years ago – now it is time for men with large standard clothing sizes to have extensive measurements taken so the data can be scientifically evaluated in the framework of a research project (AiF no. 17460 N) at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim.

Textile cooling pads are to be used in future to prevent neurological damage after successful resuscitation. The newly developed system requires no electric power, making it ideal especially for first aid in cases of cardiac arrest.

Researchers from the Hohenstein Institute developed a special brassiere for breast cancer patients. The new brassiere can be worn during and directly after radiation therapy and takes into account the high sensitivity of the skin which often occurs during treatments as well as changes in breast volume.

A special insulating fleece reduces the weight of cold protection suits by 25% without affecting their thermal insulation properties. The high breathability of the new clothing makes it much more comfortable and means that the wearer sweats less than in any rival product.

A new and portable textile harness enables patients at risk of heart attack to be constantly monitored and treated. Thanks to its optimised fit, and the integral defibrillator system which can be triggered in emergencies, the harness is suitable for everyday use and can be worn next to the body all day long with no problem.

Fleece material based on innovative regenerated cellulose fibres offers good thermal insulation properties and is extremely absorbent. This makes it of interest not only for use in protective clothing but also in the medical, cosmetics and cleaning industries.


The skin model can be used to simulate the production of heat and perspiration by human skin, in order to calculate various physiological criteria for a sample material. At present, the Hohenstein Institute is equipped with seven skin models in its own laboratories, while 20 additional devices made at the Hohenstein Institute are in service world-wide.

Because of the innovative construction of the hybrid yarn HP2G, knitwear made using it has particularly good thermal insulation properties while it also transports sweat away efficiently and dries quickly. This newly developed textile is also less prone to pilling. Fashion knitwear made from HP2G does not suffer from felting and looks as good as new even after being worn for a long time.


The Hohenstein Institute carries out testing, certification and research in the field of textiles - all under one roof. About 4,500 customers all around the world benefit from the expertise of the more than 500 employees who are either based at the headquarters in Bönnigheim (Germany), or in a global network of branch offices. Thanks to our expert local teams, we can offer you our wide-ranging portfolio of services to vary from textile testing to contract research in all the main textile producing and purchasing regions of the world.

Innovative workwear made from regenerated cellulose fibres combines various properties such as antimicrobial effect, high mechanical strength, a long service life, ease of care and good physiological functionality. As colour changes after washing and other external influences are excluded, it is also suitable for leasing.

`Charlie´
The “skin temperatures” of the  human thermo-regulation model `Charlie’ can be regulated in 16 sections, allowing the measurement of the respective flows of heat. This makes possible varied assessments of thermal insulation in addition to the physiological function of a single garment, a sleeping bed or beddings.

Protective clothing for hot working environments should protect the wearer against damage to their health. By improving the thermophysiological properties and taking into consideration the underwear, wear comfort should also be improved in future.

By combining various materials, a high level of UV protection can be achieved for new types of workwear, while at the same time ensuring good wear comfort and considerable mechanical strength.