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Jaime Rocha Gomes

Jaime Rocha Gomes

University of Minho
Portugal

Biography

Jaime Rocha Gomes is a Professor in Textile Chemistry at the University of Minho, Portugal, and since the year 1998 have dedicated his work mainly to microcapsules to be applied to textiles. The main activity consisted in developing processes for microcpasule synthesis and to functionalizing them so as to bind them to the fibers. This laboratory work was followed by a scale up materialized in a spin-off company that he founded together with the researchers and suported by a venture capital. Later in 2007 the company sold to a belgian company, Devan Chemicals, that also bought the patents. He believe they are now the second company in the world in ranking in the PCM market, microcapsules of phase change materials, developed by us. Since then he moved on to nanoparticles, based on the sol-gel process, and incorporated products such as antimicrobial, antimosquito and dyes. These developments made us register a spin-off Ecoticke that will commercialize the antimicrobial and the antimosquito as soon as it has capital investment to do so, and the colored nanoparticles won a national prize and investment to start a company , Ecofoot, that will produce colored nanoparticles very shortly. The founders, he and the researchers, were lucky to have again venture capital money and hope to make a success of it.

Research

The main activity consisted in developing processes for microcpasule synthesis and to functionalizing them so as to bind them to the fibers.