Mark Boyer

Scientists Develop Nontoxic Flame-Resistant Fabric From Renewable Ingredients

by , 11/13/11

flame retardant, Nontoxic, clothing, fabric technology, textiles, Texas A&M University, fire-resistant fabric

Scientists from Texas A&M University have developed a new nontoxic fire-resistant fabric that could revolutionize clothing and fabric technology. The fabric is composed of renewable ingredients like clay and chitosan, a natural compound extracted from shrimp and lobster shells. When heat is applied to the material, a coating bubbles out, producing a protective layer of foam that prevents the fabric from igniting. According to Jaime C. Grunlan, an associate professor at Texas A&M, the polymer treatment could find applications in children’s pajamas, terry-cloth bathrobes, and car seats.

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