Smart textiles survive the spin cycle

New ‘smart’ fibres could be woven into your clothes to give them special properties, such as the ability to clean themselves, or recharge your mp3 player. It’s the fist time these kinds of fibres have been designed to survive washing at high temperatures. “Until now, such multifunctional applications have been limited by the ability to spin important materials into yarns and make sure they stay there even after washing,” says Ray Baughman of the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas in Dallas.

 

To solve this problem, his team set about making a yarn that could be peppered with “guest” particles of interest – titanium dioxide to create self-cleaning fabrics, for instance – and hold onto them through a hot dunking in detergent.To find out more about this technology, you can read the full news story via the link below  -from the New Scientist –

via Nanotube yarns let smart clothing survive the laundry – tech – 06 January 2011 – New Scientist.

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