3. Nanotechnologies and advanced materials in everyday life / consumer goods
Omega 1,10/06/2015, 12/12/17 16:15 - 12/12/17 17:45
Consumer goods in general have seen an increasing number of new, smart functionalities made possible by nanotechnology, now also outside the traditional area of electronic consumer goods (e.g. displays, sensors and energy-harvesting systems). This session will introduce the latest examples from research and innovation in consumer goods, packaging and textiles utilising nanotechnology.
In food packaging nanomaterials (e.g. nano-sized particles of clay) are used as a filler material in the production of the plastics used to make drinks bottles to improve their barrier protection. In packaging reduction, clays are added to reduce the amount of plastics used. Silver nanoparticles are used as anti-bacterial agents in food packaging, refrigerators, hospital equipment etc. Nano-coatings are also used to block the rays of the sun. Nano-enhanced textiles on their behalf provide stain-resistance or anti-bacterial or visual or physical properties. Applications range from automotive interiors, clothing and apparel to household and industrial textiles (e.g. floor coverings) and healthcare (medical dressings).