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Nanotech triggers a revolution in textile industry
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Feb '08
Maintaining a hygienic life-style during winter will not be an effort anymore. Scientists have come up with self cleaning sorts of wool and silk produced with the help of nanotechnology.

Now, woolen socks, skirts or even garments made from silk may not give you the trouble of regular washing or dry cleaning. Scavenging itself from dirt, smell and stains, these specially developed fabrics make use of nano particle coating that is around five nanometres across (five billionths of a metre) composed of anatase titanium dioxide, a substance already used as a pigment and known for breaking down and destroying contaminants upon exposure to sunlight.

In a telephonic interview, Dr Walid Daoud of Monash University, Victoria, Australia, told Fibre2fashion, that the same fabrics can be produced by means of titanium dioxide photocatalyst that when triggered by light, decomposes dirt, stains and harmful micro organisms.

Although the products have not entered the commercialization stage, it is expected that once its technical and economic aspects are analyzed and approved, self-cleaning socks and other similar garments will be marketed on a large scale.

Experts strongly believe that in the next few years, these self-cleaning fabrics will be widely adopted in the textile industry to prevent the spreading of pathogenic infection. Besides, these technical apparels will help save detergents, dry-cleaning solvents, water and energy.

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