Silkworm inspires nanofiber production method

January 9th, 2023

Inspired by the silkworm, scientists have developed a faster and simpler method of producing nanofibers. According to researchers from China's Sichuan University, existing nanofiber production methods such as electrospinning are either complicated, slow, or they can result in “clumpy” fibers. By contrast, the silkworm produces its own high-quality ultra-thin silk fibers quickly and easily by […]

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The case for electrospun nanofibers in face masks

August 24th, 2020

Photo: Revolution Fibres. Filtration plays an important role in purifying and decontaminating two life necessities: water and air. As awareness of the related health issues has increased, the demand for protection from air-borne pollution and disease has also increased. Dr. Fabrice Karabulut, RD & Implementation Scientist with Revolution Fibers, Auckland, N.Z., offers an explanation into […]

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Visible light can remove toxic dyes

September 9th, 2019

A team of Texas Tech University (TTU) researchers working in advanced textiles has found a new way to remove toxic dye pollutants from wastewater, and their approach is safer, cheaper and easier than traditional methods, a recent release from TTU says.   Water contaminated with leftover synthetic dyes and pigments, a result of washing the textiles […]

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New interleaving veils improve carbon fiber toughness

May 20th, 2019

New Zealand company Revolution Fibres has collaborated with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc. to develop a next-generation nanofiber interleaving veil for improving the toughness of carbon fiber composites. According to the companies, the new material, Xantu.Layr® XLB, has particularly strong application possibilities in the aerospace sector. The product is an ultra-thin nonwoven web consisting of […]

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Safety apparel market growing at 8.12% CAGR to 2020

September 14th, 2016

Analysts at the Pune, India-based Sandler Research online market research firm report the global safety-apparel market will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8 percent through 2020. The report says use of nanotechnology to improve worker safety will be a key trend for market growth. North America is expected to be […]

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Engineers create stretchable, super-tough structures

April 10th, 2015

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) have created a material made from nanofibers that can stretch up to seven times its length and still remain tougher than Kevlar®. These structures absorb up to 98 joules per gram, as opposed to Kevlar, often used to make bulletproof vests, which can absorb up […]

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