Antimicrobial & easy-care SmartPE fabrics

Svetlana V. Boriskina & Gang Chen with Marcelo Lozano & Matteo Alberghini

Conventional fabrics absorb body heat and perspiration, providing fertile ground for bacterial growth. Textile production pollutes water with dangerous toxins, and 73% of fabrics end up in landfills. This project is developing a lightweight, recyclable, and stain-resistant SmartPE polyethylene textile, which passively regulates body temperature via control of radiation, thermal conduction, and evaporation, inhibits bacterial growth, saves energy and water during fabrication and usage, and can help to reduce and re-use plastic waste.

See Svetlana Boriskina present their project at IdeaStream 2020 below.