Popular Science posted an article about a nanoparticle coated jacket that wards off viruses. Researchers from Cornell have sprinkled the upper cotton layer with silver nanoparticles that deflect bacteria and viruses. Further, palladium nanoparticles sprayed on the neck and upper parts of the jacket acts to breakdown pollutants. This functional clothing does a little bit more than just making one look cool. Read the [article] here.
In the latest trend in nanotextiles, nano-metallic particles are sprayed on the fabric to perform numerous tasks – keeping bigger dirt particles and bad stains off. However, there are some difficulties in creating such cool dresses. A considerable degree of precision is required in spraying nanoparticles evenly across the whole length of the fabric. It is extremely difficult to maintain such a level of accuracy in such a small scale of length. On the other hand, the silver and gold particles are not cost effective for mass production and cheap commercial acceptance. Some of the business aspects that should be considered to make this innovation a household word are:
- Commercial entry of high-end devices those are capable of mass-producing nano material layers fast and cheap.
- Investing effectively in R&D for finding nanoparticles that are more cost effective than metals like gold and silver.
- Create awareness in the community about the strength and efficacy of nanosprayed clothing in defeating daily infections.
- Consider the negative effect of nano particles when infused into the eco-system – by disposal, factory run-off, and/or recycling.