Wolfgang Grulke The hi-tech shirt you will never have to wash

This new report appeared in the London Daily Mail on 15 June 2004: It is now possible to cover fabrics like cotton with nano-layers of titanium dioxide, a natural chemical compound used in toothpaste, foodstuff and sunscreens. When exposed to sunlight, a reaction is triggered in the titanium dioxide nano-particles – which are 2500 times thinner than a human hair – causing them to react with oxygen in the air to form an oxidizing agent that breaks down dirt, micro-organisms and pollution into water and carbon dioxide, report Dr John Xin and Walid Daoud, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. They plan similar technology to produce self-cleaning windows – what else?
Posted: 30 June 2004 at 18:34

Wolfgang Grulke New tech, new magnetic solutions

Imagine if the Sony ‘in-cupboard cleaner’ was actually a magnetic device rather than driven by ultra-sound – that could activate the fibers in the smart (shape-memory) materials too. Have a look at this article in MIT Technolgoy Review dated 20 March 2006.

http://www.technologyreview.com/NanoTech/wtr_16610,318,p1.html
Posted: 22 March 2006 at 20:25

Wolfgang Grulke Farewell to wash day?

Farewell to wash day? Introducing the fabric that can clean itself.

This article appeared in the UK Daily Mail on 12 February 2008.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/technology/technology.html?in_article_id=513697&in_page_id=1965&ito=1490

Scientists have developed a coating that enables fabric to which clean itself, breaking down dirt and stains when exposed to sunlight.

Suitable for use on cotton, silk, wool and other natural fibres, the self-cleaning coating could be used to create sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases which never need to be washed.

Its ability to dissolve hard-to-remove food stains could also herald the end of the early-morning dash to the dry cleaners with a wine-stained silk tie or a coffee-splattered woollen skirt.

Posted: 2 March 2008 at 05:53

Craig Usswald Nano tech clothing

Remarkable, now thats a breakthrough. Is is affordable
Posted: 16 October 2010 at 21:35

Neil Jacobsohn Save those enzymes!

We have a fun scenario in one of our themes that one day, washing machines will be replaced by a low-cost ultrasound chip that will "shake" dirt from the smart fibers clothing will be made of. This is not quite that, but what an advance - and what a threat to the existing (and massive) washing powder industry!
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Posted: 27 April 2012 at 08:58
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