How do you see Nanotechnology revolutionizing the world of textile materials?
I would like to draw attention towards two important methods of application of Nanotechnology in the textile industry. First method prevailing till day, produce a range of effects through the application of nano scale particles onto fabrics. The other, which is soon going to be the future trend in applications by spinning yarns with nanofibers, is likely to revolutionize the textile industry, immensely.
At present, we can use Nano scale Fluorocarbon particles to produce a liquid repellent, self-cleaning ‘Lotus effect’. Silver nano particles kill bacteria, making clothing odor free and protecting the wounds against common bacteria like the E Coli, Staphylococcus. Nano scale Titanium Dioxide particles allow us to reduce the harmful effects of UV rays.
For the future, we are working on the development of conductive E. Textiles, Smart fabrics and Wearable electronics. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) spun with yarn will give ballistic resistance to fabrics to make bullet-proof vests and explosion-proof blankets.
Nanofiber clothing will also save
lives by giving protection against exposure to toxic chemicals. Nano-sensors
can monitor and react to body temperature or heart-beats. Self-shaping fabrics
will be able to return to their original shape.
Published on: 24/02/2011
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