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Nano in Textiles

Whether they are designed to pick up seismic activity or they find their way into antibacterial, MRSAresistant bandages for medical applications, or fungi is used to replace dangerous colourants, nanotechnology textiles are about high performance. Certain smart nanofabrics can clean themselves by taking full advantage of the lotus effect, or they could be UV blocking, flame retardant or may never wear out. In any case, they are likely to enter the very fabric of our lives, as they could eventually be used for wireless biomonitoring of vital functions at a distance.

Antibacterial textiles with embedded nanoparticles are going to have a major impact in hospitals and care homes, where cross-contamination of bacteria can be dangerous, especially to the elderly and the immune-suppressed. Effective control of bacteria populations in those environments will lead to reduced infection rates.