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Nanofibres: From Finer Filters to Advances in Electronics, Energy and Medical Applications - Product Image

Nanofibres: From Finer Filters to Advances in Electronics, Energy and Medical Applications

  • Published: February 2009
  • 25 Pages
  • Textiles Intelligence


  • Ahlstrom
  • Awa Paper, Japan
  • Finetex
  • Irema
  • Nanocomp Technologies
  • Roki Techno, Japan
  • MORE

A nanofibre can be defined as a cylindrical structure with an outer diameter below 1,000 nm and an aspect ratio—the ratio between the fibre’s length and width—greater than 50. The market for nanofibres was worth an estimated US$62.5 mn in 2008, and is set to grow by 30% a year between 2008 and 2012. Growth is being driven largely by the use of nanofibres in nonwoven webs to provide more effective filters. Other potential applications for nanofibres include the electronics, medical and energy sectors. In the medical field there are numerous possibilities for using nanofibres in artificial organ components, tissue engineering and implants for delivering drugs. In the energy field, nanofibres could be used in the manufacture of solar cells and fuel cells.

One of the leading products is Ahlstrom’s Disruptor, a patented nanofibre technology licensed by the Argonide Corporation for use in water purification and other liquid filtration applications. DuPont Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT) fills the gap between meltblown nonwovens and microporous films in filtration applications. Finetex was spun off from a South Korean university research project to develop READ MORE >



What are nanofibres?
Market for nanofibres
Nanofibre production technologies
Nanofibres in nonwoven webs
Nanofibres in filter media
Nanofibres in other applications

Anglia Ruskin University, The Electrospinning Company Ltd (TECL), Micro-Nano Technology
Centre (MNTC), Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Chungnam National University
Cornell University
Fritz Haber Institute
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology (HST) at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Monash University
Nanocomp Technologies
National University of Singapore
Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
Stevens Institute of Technology
Technical University of Denmark, University of Southern Denmark and University of Cambridge, UK
Texas Tech University
Tsinghua University and Brown University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Canterbury and Colorado State University
University of Illinois
University of Vigo and Rutgers University

Ahlstrom Disruptor
Alltracel m.doc
DuPont Hybrid Membrane Technology (HMT)
Hollingsworth & Vose: Nanoweb
Johns Manville: CombiFil Nano
Mitsubishi Rayon
Japanese government funded projects involving partnerships between academic researchers and
industrial partners

Elmarco's Nanospider
Nanoval: Nanoval
Irema: Integrated Nanofibre Technology

List of tables
Table 1: Existing and potential applications for nanofibres

- Ahlstrom
- Alltracel
- Argonide Corporation
- Avgol
- Awa Paper, Japan
- Brown University, Providence, USA
- Chungnam National University, South Korea
- Colorado State University, School of Biomedical Engineering
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organistaion (CSIRO)
- Cornell University, New York State
- Donaldson
- DuPont
- Elmarco
- FiberMark Gessner, Germany
- Finetex
- Fritz Haber Institute
- Hills Inc
- Hollingsworth & Vose
- Irema
- Johns Manville
- Kuraray
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Mitsubishi Rayon
- Monash University, Australia
- Nanocomp Technologies
- Nanoval
- National University of Singapore
- Net69Sports, South Korea
- North Carolina State University (NCSU)
- Polartec
- Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
- Roki Techno, Japan
- Rutgers University, USA
- Saehan Industries, South Korea
- Stellenbosch University, South Africa
- Stevens Institute of Technology
- Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic
- Teijin
- Texas Tech University
- Toray
- Toyobo
- Tsinghua University, Beijing
- University of California, Berkeley
- University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- University of Illinois
- University of Vigo, Spain

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