Nanotechnology and Textiles - New Product

Textiles used for healthcare, home furnishings, carpets, filtration and clothing can often have advantages if treated to give them antimicrobial properties.

Synthetics such as nylon and polypropylene readily accept nanoparticles such as zinc oxide, copper oxide and doped zinc oxides that can impart antimicrobial character to the fabric. An added advantage of the use of zinc oxide is that it is approved for use in skin contact fabrics.

The small particle size means the enhanced material can be made using normal techniques with very little change colour, clarity and surface finish.

Posted 22nd October 2003

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