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Smart Textiles - Era of Nanotechnology

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Task 1

Sources of Research

The following task presents a summary of the major sources of research, together with the credibility, reliability and merits which facilitated in writing the discussion paper.

Source Credibility Reliability Merits

The Global Market for Nanotechnology in Textiles - Exciting New Opportunities for Diversification for the Textile Industry M2PressWIRE, Aug 19, 2010

High – Peer reviewed journal High

Published via M2 PressWIRE® which is the world's third largest electronic press release distribution service Provides an overview of the growing number of Nano-applications being researched & commercialized across the textile & fashion industry

Easily accessible

Immediately available


The market for textiles making using nanotechnologies Nano-textiles is expected to reach US $115 billion by 2012.

High – Peer reviewed journal High

Data and statistics are up to date

Nanotechnology in Textiles - By Dr. Russell E. Gorga

Source: Textile World. Nov/Dec2010, Vol. 160 Issue 6, p33-35. 3p.

High – Written by industry experts A leading resource for textile news and information Focuses on the use of nanotechnology in textiles based on the three categories like the fabrication of nanofibers, the surface modification of fibers and fabrics, and the nanoparticle composite fibers.

The emergence of science-driven entrepreneurship in China: a case study of technological innovation in nano-pigment inks.

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

2013 Vol. 17 Issue 1, p162-176. 15p. High –

Followed by professionals, academics, researchers, managers, policy makers. High –

The journal is supported by the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). Provides an overview of digital inkjet textile printing and offers a summary of the advantages of nano-pigment ink technology. It examines the development and commercialization processes of the technology as well as its contextual conditions. It also explores research teams' strategies to spin-off their research toward commercialization

Telling Fortunes. By Glenn Peake

“High-tech fibers and fabric treatments auger well for the future of U.S. industry”

Source: Daily News Record. 5/23/2005, Vol. 35 Issue 21, p40-43

High –

Published in a globally recognized media “Daily News” Highlights the growth of the high technology fiber and fabric treatments industry in the U.S. Information on nanotechnology fabric treatments developed by Nano-Tex; Introduction of 3XDRY, a layer fabric treatment by Schoeller; Factors that influenced the growth potential of crossover garments made from high technology fiber.

Colorzen Takes On Dyeing by Tony Leonard and Michael Harari

Source - Women's Wear Daily. 7/25/2012, Vol. 204 Issue 17, p5-1. 1p.

High –

Published in Women's Wear Daily (WWD), a property of Fairchild Fashion Media, which has a history for more than 100 years The article focuses on the textile industry company ColorZen LLC. The company's dyeing process, also named ColorZen, in which nanotechnology manipulates cellulose to make cotton fibers more receptive to dye, eliminating bleaching, rinsing and re-dyeing, is discussed. The environmental impact of ColorZen, which reduces water use, salts and chemical waste from dyeing, is discussed

Task 2

The Discussion Paper


Self-Cleaning | UV Blocking | Super Hydrophobic | Antimicrobial | Heat Reflective Fabric Solutions

DATE : 15th February 2014

AUTHOR : Asanga L. Amarakoon

THE AUDIENCE : Senior Marketing Practitioners

Nanotechnology Institutes

Textile Engineers

Fashion Designers


Personnel who interact with R&D in the Textile Industry

Scientists with interest in Nanotechnology


 To explore industry needs for successful application of Nanotechnology in clothing

 To examine the current state of the art of Nano scale science and technology research and its applications in the fabric industry

 To identify the priority areas of R&D in Textile Nanotechnology which are expected to have the greatest potential to benefit both consumers and manufacturers

 To envision the challenges and opportunities that advancements in Nanotechnology may bring about to enhance the quality & value

Executive Summary

Nanotechnology is a new and rapidly emerging sector which is observed as one of the major



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