Plasma surface functionalisation of textiles

Richard Moore


Head of Nanomedicine and Lifesciences, Institute of Nanotechnology,
Stirling University Innovation Park,
Stirling, UK



The presentation describes ecologically-efficient plasma processes giving hyperfunctional surfaces for application in the textile and other sectors being developed from research carried out in the FP6 Acteco integrated project funded by the EU. Novel plasma process can provide nanocoatings that are durable, self-cleaning, and which resist bacterial growth and biofilm formation. It can also impart properties that improve the compatibility of different polymers and can alter the hydrophilic or hydrophobic, and oleophilic or oleophobic properties of the material. The textiles so treated may have numerous potential applications including medical devices, medical textiles and clothing, and casual and sportswear.


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