Sunday, October 09, 2011

Nanotechnology In Fabrics

The world is changing rapidly in textiles and clothing with nanotechnology and you are likely seeing these innovations with performance fabrics for upholstery.

Nanotechnology (sometimes shortened to "nanotech") is the study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Generally, nanotechnology deals with developing materials, devices, or other structures possessing at least one dimension sized from 1 to 100 nanometres.

Three firms in Iran have made clothes by using nanotechnology that require less washing. Moreover, characteristics such as anti-microbe, anti-virus, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungi can be created in the clothes by using nanotechnology. The resistance against depreciation increases in such products due to nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology has also enabled scientists to make material for raincoats, for example, that will not get wet.

"Eddie Bauer... is currently using embedded nanoparticles to create stain-repellent khakis. This seemingly simple innovation will impact not only khaki-wearers, but dry cleaners, who will find their business declining; detergent makers, who will find less of their product moving off the shelf; and stain-removal makers, who will experience a sharp decrease in customers."

A new nanotechnology-enhanced fabric tag by Odegon Technologies...could help us ditch chemically iffy deodorants without leaving innocent bystanders gasping for oxygen.

The hooks of nanowhiskers (1 x 10-9m) are bonded to fibers, rather than finishes that are topically applied and can be worn down, cleaned off or otherwise chemically compromised.

In upholstery, the influx of nanotechnology ...can mean lower cleaning costs for end users and new products for upholsterers to offer their customers.
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