How can Nano Technology improve Face Masks?
Making composite fabric with nano-sized particles or fibres 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.
Fabrics: Current Nano Technology Applications
NanoWhiskers that cause water to bead up, making the fabric water and stain resistant.
Silver NanoParticles in fabric that kills bacteria making clothing odour resistant.
NanoPores providing superior insulation in cold weather.
NanoParticles that provide a “lotus plant” effect for fabrics left out in the weather, causing dirt to rinse off in the rain.
Nano fabrics are textiles engineered with small particles that give ordinary materials advantageous properties such as super hydrophobicity (extreme water resistance, also see “Lotus effect”),
[1 ] odour and moisture elimination,
[2 ] increased elasticity and strength,
[3 ]and bacterial resistance.
[4 ] Depending on the desired property, a nanofabric is either constructed from nanoscopic fibres called nanofibres, or is formed by applying a solution containing nanoparticles to a regular fabric. nanofabrics research is an interdisciplinary effort involving bio-engineering,
[5 ] molecular chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, computer science, and systems engineering.
[6 ] Applications of nanofabrics have the potential to revolutionize textile manufacturing
[6 ] and areas of medicine such as drug delivery and tissue engineering