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May 24th, 2005
Researchers at North Carolina State University are using emerging breakthroughs in nanotechnology to develop layers of “smart textiles” that will not only keep first responders and the military safe without sacrificing comfort or ease of use, but also may have numerous other widespread uses.
Dr. Juan Hinestroza, an assistant professor in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at NC State, and researchers at the University of Puerto Rico have pioneered a method to develop chemical-resistant textiles by attaching nanolayers to natural fibers.
These layers are only 20 nanometers – or 20 billionths of a meter – thick and made of different polymers that can control what passes through the layer. The process is called selective transport.
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