Yarn & Fiber
Sugar molecules make cotton fibres glow
The researchers are convinced that cotton is a promising basis for wearable smart textiles. Current approaches that rely on fiber coatings suffer from function loss during wear, they argue. They presented an approach that allows biological incorporation of exogenous molecules into cotton fibers to tailor the material‘s functionality. This yields fibers with unnatural properties such as fluorescence or magnetism. Following the team combining biological systems with the appropriate molecular design can offer numerous possibilities to grow functional composite materials and implements a material-farming concept.
At the International Cotton Conference Bremen 2018, March 21 – 23 Filipe Natalio as speaker will provide the participants with detailed information about the results of his research and will show new product possibilities based on it.
More information: Filipe Natalio et al. Biological fabrication of cellulose fibers with tailored properties, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan5830