Nanofilament breaks down dye in textile wastewater

January 1st, 2024

Easily removing water-soluble dyes, such as those used to dye batik fabric, from textile wastewater discharge is a challenge facing the industry. Image: © Shariff Che\’ Lah, Water pollution from textile dyeing is a perennial concern because of the caustic nature of the chemicals used. Researchers at Drexel University have found that a nanofilament […]

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Drexel University seeking volunteers for e-textile focus groups

September 2nd, 2021

The Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC) at Drexel University is recruiting for focus groups with e-textile professionals from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and challenges in developing and integrating e-textile applications. Researchers will be conducting focus groups with designers, engineers and manufacturing experts working in the e-textiles space to better understand the challenges […]

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Industry and academia: Partners in innovation

September 1st, 2021

UMass Lowell engineering technician Patrick Casey prepares a mask to be tested for penetration by aerosolized particles, while Cheryl Gomes, Fabric Discovery Center technical program manager, looks on. During the pandemic, the center acquired testing equipment and worked with for-profit companies to improve their personal protective equipment (PPE) products before trying to obtain government certification. […]

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Fabric blocks electromagnetic waves

March 1st, 2021

Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., have created “Faraday fabrics” that can block almost all electromagnetic (EM) waves. The development could help protect wearables from interference and people from potentially dangerous radiation. The key ingredient is a 2D material called MXene. While electromagnetic waves are incredibly useful, interference in the airwaves can make connections […]

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Academia and business forge new alliances

April 1st, 2018

From small startups to global companies, academia and business forge alliances. Early in 2018, Greensboro, N.C.-based VF Corp. and North Carolina State University (NC State) announced a strategic, multi-year partnership to “support student development at NC State and advance apparel and textiles innovation within VF,” the company says. It will also bring $1 million to […]

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