Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Hohenstein develops antimicrobial treatment for wool
Hohenstein develops antimicrobial treatment for wool
24
Nov '14
courtesy: Hohenstein Institute
courtesy: Hohenstein Institute
Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute and the Leibnitz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI), both from Germany, have developed an antimicrobial treatment for wool and other textiles containing wool.

Many of the antimicrobial treatment substances available on the market today are very effective on cotton, polyester, polyamide and those kinds of mixtures of fibres.

By contrast, antimicrobial substances are often not effective at all, or only to a very limited extent, on wool and mixed fibres containing wool.

And yet an antimicrobial protective treatment would be particularly desirable, because textiles containing wool are generally washed less frequently than textiles made from other fibres.

Especially in the outdoor and sports sectors, wool is currently experiencing a real renaissance, which the Hohenstein Institute, sees as an attractive area of application for this innovative textile finish.

“By combining the use of different antimicrobial substances and technologies, we have achieved a really wide range of effectiveness, which will be especially of interest to manufacturers of high-quality functional textiles containing wool,” Mihaela Szegedi from the Hohenstein Institute says.

“However, we also see great potential for classic business suits or ladies' suits made of wool or blended fabrics containing wool, as well as domestic and furnishing textiles," Szegedi adds by saying.

The two research institutions pursued two different parallel approaches. At Hohenstein, researchers concentrated on producing a colloidal dispersion of mixed substances in an aqueous dispersion medium.

The DWI developed a hydrogel coating made of polyamines and silver colloids and studied the effectiveness of the silver-release layers that were produced in situ in the treatment of pure woollen fabric and in fibre mixes.

In the research project, a treatment based on colloidal complexes was developed for the first time specifically for wool and WO and PET fibre blends.

Combining the use of the aqueous SA/TSA complex and colloidal silver in an exhaust process, or of commercial zinc-based colloids in a Foulard process, leads to a wide range of effectiveness and excellent hygiene protection for products containing wool.

“This means that products based on animal protein fibres can be protected against the destructive effect of fungi, algae and bacteria and woollen textiles that are frequently exposed to moisture can also be protected from material damage,” Hohenstein explains.

This kind of synergistic treatment for textiles with a high woollen fibre content can be of great benefit to textile manufacturers, insulation producers, hosiery manufacturers and other fabric producers.

Companies in the technical textile sector, whose product range includes woollen fibre blends seats, will also, be able to benefit from the advantages of antimicrobial protection. (AR)

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India


Must ReadView All

Europe fights against microplastic release from textiles

Textiles | On 18th Jan 2018

Europe fights against microplastic release from textiles

The European Commission, the institution of the European Union, has...

Egypt starts building biggest textile city in Al-Sadat

Textiles | On 18th Jan 2018

Egypt starts building biggest textile city in Al-Sadat

Egypt has started construction of the biggest city for textiles and...

Vietnam targets $20 bn from export of footwear, bags

Apparel/Garments | On 18th Jan 2018

Vietnam targets $20 bn from export of footwear, bags

Vietnam targets to earn around $20 billion from the export of...

Interviews View All

Headhonchos
Indian textile value chain

Adopt innovative techniques, go for automisation rather than being...

Sunil Rathore
Lacoste India

‘New vendor is welcome if he offers cost, quality and timely delivery’

Rajiv Sirohi
Shara

‘Portugal is taking away a major share of the mill made sector.’

C Dhandayuthapani

MAG Solvics Private Limited was established in 1991 to design and develop...

Suresh P Bagrecha

Komal Texfab, founded in 1981, is into manufacturing of knitted fabrics,...

Erik Sy

Manila-based CustomThread is a start-up offering premium custom apparel...

Johan Berlin
InvestKonsult Sweden AB

Investkonsult Sweden AB has been buying and selling second-hand textile...

Kevin Nelson
TissueGen

Kevin Nelson, Chief Scientific Officer, TissueGen discusses the growing...

Marcel Alberts
Eurofibers

Coating at a fibre level is a practice not usually seen in the...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Sanjukta Dutta
Sanjukta's Studio

<b>Sanjukta Dutta</b> creates unique garments by clubbing prints of...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

January 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
69.1%
No
13.4%
Skip
17.5%

Total Votes: 97

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.9%
No
28.9%
Skip
7.2%

Total Votes: 97

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.6%
No
9.3%
Skip
3.1%

Total Votes: 97

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
82.5%
No
8.2%
Skip
9.3%

Total Votes: 97


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search