By Xinhuanet reporter Feng Tao, Han Lin
William A. Mowers demonstrates the new nanotechonology
for home laundry at a new tech demonstration held in Beijing,
March 30, 2007.(Photo: Xinhuanet/Han Lin)
BEIJING, March 30 (Xinhuanet) -- A new
nanotechnology for home laundry is going to enter Chinese market.
Clothes can remain the feature of stain resistance up to one month after using
this liquid product, which does not contain fluorine, so it can be used in
home laundry, according to a new tech demonstration held in Beijing Friday.
Michael C. Berg, a senior research scientist of the
product from Soane Labs, a U.S. nano technology research center, said at the
demonstration that this new product, like fabric softeners, can make clothes
waterproof, oil proof and dust proof with special fragrance, and it does not
contain any chemical elements that are harmful to the human body.
Michael demonstrated the stain resistance feature of
the product on variety of textiles, especially its effective
protection against different kinds of liquid, such as beverages, oil, flavorings
He said that a nanolayer from self-assembly of a
polymer is formed on the textile washed with this product. The layer
is very thin, 10 nanometers (a nanometer is a billionth of a meter) in dimension
and thus does not alter the performance or overall texture of the textile, as
well as air and moisture permeability of primary fabric.
The product can be used for
any type of fabrics such as cotton, wool, silk, flax, synthetics and mix
spinning, he added.
"Stain resistant textiles currently available in
market are mainly pretreated with fluorinated materials," said Michael, but our
product is designed to be delivered from water and does not contain fluorine.
William A. Mowers, another researcher, said the
product will be at the similar price of normal fabric softeners on the market.
Soane Labs, LLC has authorized the Andeson Bio-tech
Co. to promote this technology and sell the product in China, said Liu Dawei,
general manager of Andeson Bio-tech Co., adding there will be a bright
prospect in Chinese market.
Nanotechnology is a technology development at the
atomic, molecular, or macromolecular range of approximately 1-100 nm to create
and use structures, devices, and systems that have novel properties. This
technology is applied into a broad range of fields nowadays.