Archroma showcases innovations

April 29, 2016

Swiss color and specialty chemicals developer Archroma presented its latest innovations at China Interdye 2016 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center in April. These products include: Optisul C dyes. Optisul® C dyes for casualwear are designed to produce colors in continuous dyeing processes, as well as on coating and printing. These affinity-free, …

MAD Architects’ ‘Invisible Border’ at Milan Design Week alters perception of space

April 28, 2016

Italy’s Interni magazine’s Open Borders exhibition, running through April 23, gathers a series of interactive installations, macro-objects and micro-constructions that explore ways of getting beyond disciplinary borders: According to the magazine, the subject addresses an expansion of design vision to new synergies, to contaminations with different fields of research such as art, cinema and photography; …

Ramkumar wins 2016 President’s Excellence in Commercialization Award

April 27, 2016

Texas Tech University professor Seshadri Ramkumar has won the 2016 President’s Excellence in Commercialization Award. Ramkumar, professor of technical textiles and countermeasures to chemical threats in Lubbock-based Texas Tech’s Department of Environmental Toxicology and The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), was recognized for his contributions to nonwoven materials. “I am humbled by this …

OEKO-TEX launches ECO PASSPORT

The Zurich-based OEKO-TEX Association has launched ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®, a certification for sustainable textile chemicals that offers textile chemical manufacturers a confidential and independent method to assure their customers that chemicals, colorants and auxiliaries are in line with the industry’s sustainability requirements and initiatives. The certification helps to protect consumers, textile industry workers and …

Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light

Australian researchers have developed an inexpensive and efficient new way to grow nanostructures on textiles that can degrade organic matter when exposed to light. The work paves the way toward nano-enhanced textiles that can spontaneously clean themselves of stains and grime simply by being put under a light bulb or worn in sunlight. Rajesh Ramanathan, …

Battelle wins $33 million U.S. Army contract

Battelle’s Natick Operations was recently awarded a $33-million Defense Systems Technical Area Task (DS TAT) contract from the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Command to provide technical analysis and support for the Special Operations Forces Survival Support and Equipment Systems, Survivability team. The technical tasks will be performed over a five-year period …

Electronic-skin display demonstrated by Tokyo researchers

University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ultrathin, flexible, protective layer and demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. As reported in Science Daily, this technology will enable the creation of electronic-skin (e-skin) displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart rate sensors for athletes and other applications. Researchers world-wide have …

U.S. taps Macromolecular for ‘Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles’ project

April 22, 2016

Mountain View, Calif.-based specialty polymer design and chemical engineering company Macromolecular Inc. has been chosen to participate in the Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute (RFT-MII), a $317 million public-private sector partnership with the U.S. Defense Department dedicated to ensure that the country stays at the leading edge of fiber science and the production …

Promats Athletics’ ‘invisible netting’ protects baseball fans

April 21, 2016

Fans in 10 Major League ballparks are being protected by barely visible netting systems developed and installed by Promats Athletics, using netting manufactured by NET Systems made with Black Dyneema® material. At their 2015 winter meetings, Major League Baseball executives announced recommendations for extended screens to protect fans from batted or thrown balls and other …