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Researchers Develop Light-weight Non-flammable Nano-composite Coatings for Cotton Fibers

Published on 2013-01-21. Author : SpecialChem

TEHRAN (INIC) -- Light-weight non-flammable nano-composite coatings for cotton fibers were produced by a group of Iranian researchers, using carbon nanotubes and an anti-flammable monomer under UV radiation.

"The research has been carried out in order to create non-flammability properties on cotton fibers by using carbon nanotubes and an anti-flammable monomer under the radiation of UV," Arash Almasian, a member of the Institute of Colorants, Paints and Coatings (ICPC), stated about the research.

"Fibers resistant against heat and fire were produced by using nanotechnology. By using the compound of non-flammable monomer and the non-flammable complementary carbon nanotube, it was found out that the properties of the fibers improved much more than the use of each of them individually on the cotton fibers, and the non-flammability properties increased a few times. Carbon nanotube must be present in the operation bath in form of dispersed, so it can be coated homogenously on the fibers. An appropriate dispersion is obtained by functionalizing the carbon nanotube. On the other hand, non-flammable monomer is placed like a bridge between the fibers and nanotubes, and it stabilizes them on the fibers," he added.

Taking into consideration the high flammability of cotton fibers, the application of this plan on cotton clothes is essential. It can also have various applications in domestic textile and non-flammable cloths too.

Results of the research have been published in Composites: Part B, vol. 45, issue 1.

About INIC

Iran has recognized the significance of nanotechnology like other pioneering countries and started its activities in line with development of the technology. In this regard and as first step, a Study Committee for Nanotechnology in Iran began its activities in 2001 and finally Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) was established in the country in 2003. The INIC is tasked with determining the general policies for the development of nanotechnology in the country and pursuing the case with implementation of the policies.

Iran's success in achieving a proper place among 15 countries which are advanced in nanotechnology and making attempt to promote the position in a bid to develop Iran's economy are the main missions of the INIC. Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council is seeking to pave the ground for activity of the private sector and production of wealth within the society through adopting outlook, providing facilities, creating market and removing the existing problems.

Source: INIC

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