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.

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.


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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