This type of application includes Nanotechnology in manufacturing composite fiber And Nanotechnology in textile finishing

Nanotechnology in manufacturing composite fibers include the following topics

  1. Carbon nano fibers and carbon nano particles
  2. Clay Nano particles
  3. Metal Oxide Nano particles
  4. Carbon nano tubes
  5. Nano cellular foam structures

Nanotechnology in textile finishing includes

  1. Upgrade of chemical finishes and resultant functions
  2. Nano particles in finishing
  3. Self-assembled nano layer

Application in apparel industry:

Examples of industries where nanotech-enhanced textiles are already seeing some application include the sporting industry, skincare, space technology and clothing and material technologies for better protection in extreme environments. Treating textiles with nanotechnology materials is a method to improve the properties of the textile, making it longer durable, have nicer colours etc. Nanotechnology can also be used to add new functionalities like energy storage and communications. Some interesting examples of nano improved textiles currently on the market are:

  • Stain repellent and wrinkle-resistant threads woven in textiles
  • Body warmers use Phase Change Materials (PCMs) responding to changing body temperatures
  • Nano socks treated with silver nano particles. The silver acts against infection and odor.

Swimming Suit:

The most widely recognized application t is in the shark-skin suit worn during world-record breaking Olympic swimming championship. The suit, which includes a plasma layer enhanced by nanotechnology to repel water molecules, is designed to help the swimmer glide through the water and has become a common feature of major swimming events as all competitors attempt to enhance their chances of winning.