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Mexican students create antimicrobial textiles from silver
Dec '13
Students from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) of Mexico have developed antimicrobial textiles from silver nanoparticles, which prevent the growth of microorganisms by reacting with moisture in the skin, in order to contribute towards better health care and reduce epidermal infections.
According to a statement issued by IPN, the antimicrobial textiles when used in making clothes prevent the growth of microorganisms and the protective action continues until after 50 to 60 times of washing the clothes.
Liliana Martinez Sanchez and Araceli Diaz Vidal, who are students of the School of Textile Engineering (ESIT) of IPN, developed the antimicrobial textiles which could be touted as one of the most dramatic advances in smart garments.
According to the two students, there are some commercial products available in the markets that have the properties of protecting against bacteria, but the effect lasts for a very short time.
The antimicrobial textiles were developed by the two students using silver nanoparticles that are impregnated deep into the textile fibers, and the fabrics manufactured by these fibers possess a protective effect that is prolonged up to 50-60 washes.
Sanchez and Vidal explained that the antimicrobial textiles could be used in various tissues and fibers including cotton, polyester, spandex, nylon, linen, and all those materials with which fabrics are produced.
The students assured that the product can also be of great utility in the health sector, as it could be used for making clothes used by doctors, like hospital linens and patient robes. The antimicrobial textiles could also be used for manufacturing gauze, surgical gloves and masks, as well as sports innerwear and baby clothes, they added.

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