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Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, United States, have created energy-scavenging nanofibers that could one day be woven into clothing and textiles. The nanofibers are made from organic polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), a substance that is relatively easy and cheap to manufacture, while...
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has filed suit against a California based company, VF Corporation, for the alleged sale and distribution of unregistered pesticides through its retail company, The North Face. The North Face was selling 70 styles of footwear that incorporated the...
A study conducted by a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, has found that silver nanoparticles could have a severe environmental impact if their utilization in clothing continues to increase. Rickard Arvidsson, a researcher, as part of his doctoral thesis, developed new methods...
The article looks at various applications for materials produced by electrospinning nanofibers such as protective clothing, drug delivery and tissue engineering. Electrospinning is a technique that turns a fluid polymer, by applying an electric field, into a thin membrane with a unique combination of...
A new study, conducted by Bernd Nowack of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, and colleagues, looked at washing machine effluent for evidence of titanium dioxide. Textile manufacturers often add titanium dioxide to clothing in an effort to brighten textiles and prevent...
A Portuguese technology company, Nanolabel, has developed a new treatment process for mosquito-repellant clothing that it claims is far superior to traditional technology. The process, known as NANOMOSKI, involved impregnating textiles with amorphous silica nanoparticles, the pores of which contain...
This article says that U.S. military researchers have developed an antibacterial, water and stain resistant fabric that is coated with a nanotechnology-based chemical and could be used in hospital bedding, healthcare uniforms, and air conditioning filters. Ottilia Saxl of the Institute of Nanotechnology...
The government of Sri Lanka is establishing a nanotechnology park to improve the capability, scope, and international competitiveness of Sri Lanka's nanotechnology industry. According to the article, the park will be built within five years with equal funding contributions from the public and private...
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland, measured how much of the nanomaterials used in clothing leach into simulated sweat. Manufacturers are increasingly using nanoparticles of silver and titanium dioxide in clothing to make the material UV-resistant and...
Engineers are looking to turn clothing into “smart textiles” that can collect, store, send and receive information via embedded electronics. John Volakis, an electrical engineer at Ohio State University, United States, for one, wants to make the world hands-free. “You won’t have to hold your cellphone...