Nano: The next wave in nonwoven textiles

Seshadri Ramkumar, Mohammad Munin Hussain

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Abstract

The latest developments in nanotechnology are continuously being applied in fiber and textile market. Nanofiber filters by Donaldson and new Nano-Tex's spill repellant fabric are some of the commercial products that have penetrated the market. Development in fibers with nanoscale diameters including high surface area, flexibility, breathability, light weight, desired level of modulus of elasticity, and functionality have increased the commercial success upto a certain extent. Electrospinning technology of nonwoven nanofibers helps in processing the natural, synthetic, and biodegradable polymers into nanowebs. Nanofibers are generating a lot of interest in military research and development communities due to their potential chemical and biological warfare countermeasure capabilities. Ohio-based NanoStatics has developed an electrospinning manufacturing technology that has the commercial scale throughput capacity for high volume production of nanofibers. A coordinated effort between research infrastructure and industry is expected to force molecular concept in the nonwoven industry for the success of nanotechnology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages48-52
Number of pages5
Volume37
No4
Specialist publicationNonwovens Industry
StatePublished - Apr 2006

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