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Nanotechnology in Performance Apparel: Using Small-Scale Materials to Create Big Opportunities - Product Image

Nanotechnology in Performance Apparel: Using Small-Scale Materials to Create Big Opportunities

  • Published: January 2011
  • Region: Global
  • 31 Pages
  • Textiles Intelligence

Analyses the role of nanotechnology in the development of the next generation of performance apparel, and identifies the challenges that may be faced by manufacturers, notably health and environmental concerns about nanotechnology and the lack of international regulations and standards. The report also includes an analysis of key applications and developments in nanotechnology – highlighting specifically the types of nanomaterials available and the types of fabric properties achieved through nanotechnology. The report presents a wealth of other information, including market size data, government funding, and consumer awareness and attitudes towards nanotechnology.

SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
Using nanotechnology in performance apparel to add value
Using nanotechnology in performance apparel to improve the environment
Future research in nanotechnology-enabled performance apparel
NANOTECHNOLOGY DEFINITIONS, CHARACTERISTICS AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
What is nanotechnology?
Characteristics of nanomaterials
Organisations dedicated to facilitating nanotechnology transfer
TYPES OF NANOMATERIALS AND THEIR USES IN TEXTILES
Nanofibres
Production of nanofibres
Nanoparticles
Carbon nanotubes
FABRIC PROPERTIES ACHIEVABLE THROUGH NANOTECHNOLOGY
Aesthetics
Antimicrobial functionality
Electrical conductivity
Flame resistance
Fragrance release
High strength
Moisture management
Stain protection
Static protection
Thermal regulation
UV protection
Wrinkle resistance
APPLICATIONS OF NANOTECHNOLOGY IN PERFORMANCE APPAREL
Military clothing
Sportswear
Smart clothing
Acoustic fabrics
Anti-counterfeit fabrics
Optical fabrics
Power generating fabrics
NANOTECHNOLOGY IN THE DYEING AND FINISHING OF PERFORMANCE FABRICS
Dyeing
Finishing
SIZE OF THE MARKET FOR NANOTECHNOLOGY-ENABLED CLOTHING
NANOTECHNOLOGY STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS
Standards
Regulations
Safety regulations
Labelling regulations
HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS ABOUT
NANOTECHNOLOGY
POTENTIAL BARRIERS AND FUTURE DRIVERS OF MARKET GROWTH
Potential barriers to market growth
Future drivers of market growth
OUTLOOK

List of tables
Table 1: Sizes of various small objects
Table 2: Nanoparticles used to achieve specific fabric properties
Table 3: Mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs)

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