Nanotech based sustainable textile fibers

Nanotech has significant potential to provide fibers with properties such as robustness, protection against pollutants and decay, and longevity - all properties that can go a long way in reducing waste and enhancing the sustainability of apparel.

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Entrepreneurs

Financial investors

Researchers or innovators

Sourcing professionals

Synthetic fiber professionals

Vital Stats

How does it work?

Nano fabrics are textiles engineered with small particles that give ordinary materials advantageous properties such as superhydrophobicity, odor and moisture elimination, increased elasticity and strength, and bacterial resistance.

Sustainability benefits

  • Nanofiber properties such as hydrophobics  could give textiles self-cleaning properties, resulting in a lower water and energy use footprint in the use phase of the apparel
  • Nanotech could also enhance the physical properties of the apparel and make it more robust, thus extending the life of the apparel
     

Highlights/USP

Nanofibers have enhanced properties such as higher strength, lighter weight, increased control of light spectrum and greater chemical reactivity when compared to materials at regular scale.

Stage of commercialization

Early-stage

Types of professionals who can improve the solution

Mechanical engineers, Electrical and electronic engineers, Nanotechnology engineers, Material scientists

Specifically relevant to any geography?

Nil

Decarbonization Potential

Moderate

Value Chain

Natural or synthetic fiber ,

Carbon Focus

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Nanotechnology in the future of textiles

The textile industry now embeds regular materials with nanotechnology to create nano-enhanced fabrics. One of these processes, 'hydrophobic,' when applied to a fabric results in properties such as waterproofing, odour and stain resistance and antibacterial properties, yet ensures the treated textile retains its original feel and structure.

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