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Nanotechnology in Technical Textiles and Apparel

  • ID: 1663539
  • April 2011
  • 31 Pages
  • Textiles Intelligence

This report analyses the role of nanotechnology in the development of the next generation of technical 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.

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SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
Using nanotechnology in performance apparel to add value
Using nanotechnology in textiles and apparel to improve the environment
Future research in nanotechnology-enabled 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 TECHNICAL 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)

List of figures
Figure 1: Applications of nanotechnology along the textile processing chain
Figure 2: Types of nanomaterials commonly found in textile applications, 1995-2005
Figure 3: Electron micrograph of nanofibres
Figure 4: Electrospinning process
Figure 5: Microscopic image of a textile fibre to which silver nanoparticles have been attached
Figure 6: Number of nanotechnology-enabled consumer products, August 2009
Figure 7: Global nanotechnology funding, 2008
Figure 8: Arrangement of nanoparticles on a textile substrate

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