Concepts

  • Adaptability to a wide range of consumer and industrial applications. The bonding technology should be extendible to use on any surface, where performance properties may be required to maintain functionality in use.
  • Highly-tailored solutions by altering the characteristics of the polymeric nano-film. This initiative exploits recent developments in “soft nanotechnology” to create nano-structured and functional surfaces that can impart multiple beneficial properties, or can act as a scaffold for the further incorporation of other performance finishes. The architecture of these nano-films will be engineered by variation of the structure of the polymer forming the coating. By selecting appropriate functional groups a template for anchoring further functional finishes. Examples include moisture management, UV absorption, improved handle, soil release, soil repellence etc.
  • A responsive technology that adapts to the particular requirement for antimicrobial effect without “swamping” the environment with the un-restrained release of chemical antimicrobial agents, which is typical of other antimicrobial technologies. The new technology, combined with an organo-silane antimicrobial product, will create an antimicrobial surface that functions by a physical rather than a chemical mode of action. Thus, antimicrobial performance will be proportionate to the needs in any given situation, adapting to the specific requirement, whether it be for apparel or for medical textiles or devices.
  • Durability and effectiveness for the life of the goods is clearly an important aspect in defining the sustainability credentials of the Project. Articles treated with the new technology will have a longer natural lifetime through protection against damage and spoilage. Thus, the initial cost of protection can be recouped through the increased longevity of treated articles
  • Low application levels during processing, to attain maximal performance and limiting the potential for release of chemical products. The permanent binding of the chemical finishes to textile surfaces further reduces the potential environmental harm because no chemical products are released to the environment during use, including laundering. The surface-bound nano-film approach to the development of performance finishes thus addresses important ecological issues.
  • Easy application of the proposed technologies which will require only conventional textile processing machinery, without the need for extensive modification or capital investment. Thus the time to market for these technologies, once developed, will be rapid and brings a high-tech concept to a traditional industry without significant cost.