Revolutionary Technology to keep bacteria of textiles

The Israeli company Nano Textile, has recently introduced a revolutionary technology that can prevent the growth of bacteria on both natural and synthetic fibres and can prevent the spread of hospital acquired infections and reduce cross contamination between patients and medical staff.

 The revolutionary technology is known to transform any readymade fabric into antibacterial textile by embedding zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles onto the fabric. The technology was developed by Aharon Gedanken from the department of chemistry at Bar Ilan University, Israel and has been appropriately patented in the US and Israel but is still awaiting approval in Europe and Asia.

 The technology cost efficiently creates antibacterial fabrics making use of any desired fabric, without changing its appearance, since ZnO is colourless. The fabrics then can withstand up to 65 wash cycles at 92 °C and up to 100 wash cycles at 75 °C, without losing their antibacterial properties.

 “The main advantages of the technology is that it can apply anti-bacterial properties to any kind of readymade fabric, the treatment does not at all alter the fabric's colour, and the entire process is extremely cost-effective. In a hospital setting, for example, our technology can be used for inserting anti-bacterial characteristics to staff uniforms, patients' pajamas, linen, blankets and curtains, in order to significantly reduce morbidity and mortality and in parallel reduce hospitalization costs,” explains Gedanken.

 “After establishing proof-of-concept, we are now in the process of raising the necessary capital to begin operations. The potential for our antibacterial fabric technology reaches far beyond medical applications, as it is relevant to a variety of industries such as airplanes, trains and luxury cars in the transportation industry; babywear, sports clothing and undergarments in the clothing industry, restaurants and hotels in the entertainment and tourist industries,” said Lilac Mandeles, president, Nano Textile.

The application of the nanoparticles is based on sonochemistry, an extremely effective method to coat surfaces. ZnO nanoparticles are formed in the solution via a sonochemical process and subsequently to their creation they are thrown to the textile’s surface. 

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