Textiles & Fabrics

The innovative potential of nanotechnologies offers a wide span of opportunities for the textile industry.

With the help of nanotechnologies, textile materials can be improved for both professional and general public users; whether nano-engineered materials are integrated into the polymer matrix or coated onto the surface of the fibres, they offer possibilities such as improved durability, self-cleaning, and water- or dirt- repellent features.

RAS Materials Fibre with NanosilverThrough the manufacture of smart– or e-textiles, nanotechnology-enabled apparel can both protect the wearer from pathogens, toxic gases and other hazardous substances, benefiting the medical and rescue services as well as in the military, and allow the constant monitoring of body functions in applications ranging from regenerative activities to the enhancement of the quality of life of sufferers of long-term diseases. In the field of agriculture and crop optimisation, nanofibres that have the ability to absorb plant protection products are applied to achieve controlled slow release functionalities.

Fibres used in the textile industry are notably improved by nanotechnology; one example is nanocellulose, which combines low cost, lightweight, electric conductivity, environmentally friendly resources and high resistance, thus opening an immensely vast scope of possible applications.

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The NIA provides specific support to its Members in the Textiles Industry.

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