Nano-sized silver particles open way to new breed of antimicrobial materials
Scientists can now incorporate silver particles into polypropylene to produce an anti-microbial material that could be used in anything from carpets, to napkins and surgical masks.
Silver has been medically proven to kill over 650 disease-causing organisms in the body and is also very safe. By combining silver and polypropylene to produce an organic-inorganic fibre, researchers have produced the first safe, anti-microbial fibre with a wide range of possible applications.
Polypropylene fibre is one of the most widely used synthetic fibres in the textile industry because it is cheaper and stronger than other synthetic fibres. Researchers have demonstrated, in a paper to be published in the July issue of Polymer International, available online in June, that they can produce two types of fibres both with silver particles distributed evenly along the length of the fibre.
Julia Lampam | alfa
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