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Cotton Fibers Fighting Off Germs Wash After Wash

Novel, permanent antimicrobial cotton fibers are produced via in situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles inside the fiber. The silver nanoparticles encased within the fiber are leach-resistant against continuous launderings and serve as a reservoir for the release of biocidal silver ions, regenerating the antimicrobial surface wash after wash. This new nanotechnology tailored for cotton chemistry and structure is included in the invention.

Benefits
• Pure: consists of only cotton and silver nanoparticles; no chemical binders or coating matrices
• Powerful: kills 99.99% of both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria
• Durable: retains the same antimicrobial function even after 50 laundering cycles
• Versatile: can be blended in the fabrication of all woven or nonwoven textile products

Applications
• Hospital textiles, socks, sportswear, military apparel, wound dressing, home textiles, hygiene products, and packaging

Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
18.19
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