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Vital Protection

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Smart yarns for health and wellbeing

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Mycelium – fibers of the future?

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A single zirconium hydroxide particle under a scanning electron microscope. The average size for this type of zirconium hydroxide is 30 µm.

The next generation of materials is providing much-needed protection against chemical and biological warfare agents. The team at the U.S. Army DEVCOM Soldier Center is focused on developing the next generation of chemical biological (CB) protective materials. We work with collaborators in industry, academia, non-profit research organizations, and other government agencies to improve protection and …

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The sensoric yarn developed by DITF allows for precision locating within a single yarn giving greater flexibility to how sensor yarns are integrated as it eliminates the need for multiple sensors and a grid format. Photo courtesy of DITF

In the last five years, smart yarn technology has gone from being an enabler of smart materials to being the carrier – and the dispenser – of intelligence in wearables. And, nowhere more so than in the health and wellness sector. This is certainly a boon for yarn manufacturers, but it is also a time …

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The industry gold standard for mycelium leather production is Ganoderma Lucidum, also known as “Lingzhi” in Chinese or “Reishi” in Japanese. It is a polyporus mushroom than can be found throughout Europe, North America and Asia and is usually grown on decaying hardwood trees. Photo: Stockphoto/9770880_224

A critical review on the mycelium production methods. Natural fibers have always played an important role for humans, having been used since ancient times for the creation of clothing, footwear and everyday objects. Historically, these fibers come in a variety of ways and from a variety of sources, most of which from plants or animals. …

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Fibers from textiles are recovered, sorted and processed depending on their condition, composition and value.

Recycling concepts of textiles and nonwovens continue to evolve. Textiles lead the way as textile recycling is one of the oldest and most established recycling industries in the world. Fibers from textiles are recovered, sorted and processed depending on their condition, composition and value. These materials have a robust recycling infrastructure. Textiles also have an …

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Solid-state lithium battery cell with cathode, anode and separator layer, typical of the battery type currently employed for electric vehicles. iStock/Black_Kira

Battery separators are vital to the function and performance of batteries. Fibers play a significant role as the base component of a nonwoven membrane that acts as an electronically isolating layer between cathodes and anodes in a battery. These fibers require insolating properties, high mechanical strength, as well as electrochemical insulating properties. The type of …

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