Nanotechnology can be used to change the properties of textiles. For example, super-hydrophobic properties can be achieved via nanostructured surfaces - correspondingly non-wettable fibers can be processed into self-cleaning textiles. The DITF also have the technology to produce extremely fine, nanoscale fibers, for example for filter applications.
Nanoparticles are integrated as functional fillers in fiber polymers or in coating materials and they can be bonded to surfaces. In general, the nanodimension of the particles is intended to achieve special effects that are not feasible with larger particles. The challenge of such modifications is to disperse or separate the particles as nanoparticles and to counteract their strong tendency to agglomerate. With DITF technologies, properties such as strength and abrasion resistance can be significantly improved.
Range of services:
- Processing of inorganic nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes
- Preparation of coating compositions and coatings with nanoparticles
- Wet, dry and melt spinning with included nanoparticles
- Testing of application-relevant properties of nanotechnologically modified textiles
- Surface characterization on nanoscale level by atomic force microscopy
- Safety analyses of the release potential of nanoparticles from nanotechnologically-functionalized textiles