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NZ Company Creates Revolutionary Nanofibers from Fish Skins

by , 08/05/10

nanotechnology, textiles, eco textiles, revolution fibres, sustainable design, new zealand

A New Zealand company is taking a major leap forward in commercializing nanotechnologyRevolution Fibres Ltd plans on making nano-fabrics from the collagen in discarded fish skins. (New Zealand is an island nation, after all.) The uber-thin fibers are exceptionally strong and provide extra filtration capabilities due to their nano-properties, and Revolution plans to use them in everything from clothing to filtration systems, structural reinforcement, electronics, and packaging.

nanotechnology, textiles, eco textiles, revolution fibres, sustainable design, new zealand

The company is using a TechNZ investment grant to build a commercial-scale nano-loom to create the fabrics. Its first product will be a new type of biodegradable air filter mat for the Kiwi ventilation company HRV.

The company’s technical director, Iain Hosie, says, “It is a good use of something that would normally be chucked away. What is good about biomaterials is it means you stay away from plastic and petrochemical-derived products.”

Avoiding petro-plastics is a good thing, but the environmental cost-benefit analysis on nanotechnology is far from complete. The tiny particles and fibers — a billionth of a meter wide — can penetrate human cells and could potentially create entirely new issues for water filtration.

+ Revolution Fibres

Via Business Scoop

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2 Comments

  1. Nanotech Tea Bag Purifi... August 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    [...] how the nanotech teabag works: it combines ultra-thin nanoscale fibers to filter harmful contaminants, while grains of activated carbon to kill bacteria. Simply put the [...]

  2. sanud002 August 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    The process of building nanofibers is truly an amazing process but is built of simple fundamentals. Nanofibers are quickly taking center stage as a large part of the future of even popular clothing. The possibilities are endless. They can make fibers that can transfer electricity and even keep you healthy. I’ll post a video that explains the process of making these nanofibers.

    http://www.ndep.us/Spinning-Nanofibers

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