Nanotechnology in Fabrics
How can nanotechnology improve fabrics?
Making composite fabric with nano-sized particles or fibers
allows improvement of fabric properties without a significant increase in
weight, thickness, or stiffness as might have been the case with previously-used
techniques. For example incorporating nano-whiskers into fabric used to make
pants produces a lightweight water and stain repellent material.
Nanotechnology Applications under Development
Researchers at North Carolina State Unversity are
using carbon nanotubes to
develop fabrics with both cooling and heating capability.
Researchers at NTU Singapore are using nanowires to
capacitors for use in fabric.
Battery created by coating a
Piezoelectric fibers that could allow clothing
to generate electricity
Form fitting clothing made using
fabric composed of proteins, this material may stretch as much as
1500 percent from it's original size.
Nanotechnology Company Directory
Fabric enhanced with nanowhiskers
||Water and stain
Fabric enhanced with silver nanoparticles
||Fabric enhanced with nanoparticles (NanoSphere®)
||Water and stain resistant
Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at Cornel University