Understanding masks – up close

April 26th, 2021

This false-color image shows a cross section of one layer of an N95 respirator mask, including filtering material shown in purple, and protective material around it. This layered structure then repeats for added protection. Photo: E.P. Vicenzi/Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute and NIST.  A team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently […]

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Huvis mass produces graphene fiber

April 26th, 2021

The graphene fiber developed by Huvis uses high-purity graphene. As it is produced in white, it can be dyed in various colors. Photo: Huvis. South Korean fiber producer Huvis has begun to mass produce a dyeable graphene fiber. Until now, high-purity graphene fiber has been possible only in the research phase, and most of the […]

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Protective clothing conference set for May 2021

April 26th, 2021

German textile testing, certification and research company Hohenstein will host the 9th European Conference on Protective Clothing (ECPC) May 10-12, 2021, in Stuttgart, Germany. The conference may also be live-streamed.  The ECPC conference is a platform to exchange and discuss research and project development for personal protective equipment (PPE). It aims to foster cooperation and networking between […]

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Conference on the sustainable finishing of textiles scheduled

April 26th, 2021

A special edition of the World Congress on Textile Coating (WCTC) will be held to consider all aspects of sustainable finishing of textiles. The conference will take place live online Sept. 30–Oct. 1 and Oct. 7–8, 2021. The aim of the event is to explore the materials, processes and machinery that can help dyers, finishers, […]

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Gaining warfighter advantage with flexible hybrid electronics

April 26th, 2021

Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Bowen inspects the temperature sensor inside the air intake of an F-16C Fighting Falcon, a potentially dangerous confined space. Wearable FHE sensor monitors are evaluated and developed for these and similar environments to monitor and ensure warfighter health and safety. Photo: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins. FHEs and advanced […]

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NILIT launches Sensil® BioCare

April 26th, 2021

NILIT, a global provider of Nylon 6.6, has introduced Sensil® BioCare, a sustainable premium Nylon fiber enhanced with a technology that helps reduce the persistence of textile waste in sea water and in landfills. The product is the newest addition to the Sensil® portfolio of responsibly manufactured, environmentally considerate premium Nylon products that benefit the […]

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Acronyms and quotation marks

April 12th, 2021

by Janet Preus Not that many years ago, the phrase “flexible hybrid electronics” didn’t exist. One can say this about a variety of textile-related phrases. Some might argue that FHEs, as they’re abbreviated, are not really a textile product at all, and technically they may be right in many cases. But FHEs are, in fact, […]

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PolyU develops super-elastic conductor for wearable electronics

April 12th, 2021

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a highly permeable and super-elastic conductor that can be used for wearable electronic devices and withstand wearing for a long period of time. This novel conductor is fabricated by coating or printing liquid metal onto an electrospun elastomeric fiber mat, which offers high permeability, stretchability, conductivity and electrical […]

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Swiss scientists to launch a self-disinfecting mask

April 12th, 2021

The mask is comprised of a multilayer textile, electrodes and a small battery. Photo: ZHAW/Hannes Heinzer. Scientists from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and Swiss research and development company Osmotex AG have developed a mask that disinfects itself at the push of a button. According to information provided by ZHAW, the prototype of the mask […]

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H&M, Good News launch sustainable shoe collection

April 12th, 2021

Photo: H&M.  A partnership with retailer H&M and U.K.-based shoe brand Good News has produced a unique trainer collection that uses recycled rubber from car tires and old shoes, with uppers made of recycled cotton, Vegea® and Bananatex®. Bananatex is a material based on the fiber from the banana plant family, which is made in […]

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