We make some cool Nanofibre products here at Revolution Fibres. Using nanofibre as a platform, skilled nanotechnology experts can create products with amazing benefits. Here are some examples from around the world.
Nanofibre Coated Windows
Researchers at Harvard University are developing next-generation windows that utilise nanotechnology to transition between clear and cloudy with the flip of a switch.
Nanofibre technology could have a huge impact on how windows are made, which is exciting because of the sheer scale of opportunity within New Zealand and worldwide glass markets. We’ve already seen nanotechnology used to enhance glass in New Zealand with Fend Glass & Ceramic product – a nanocoating which makes glazed surfaces hydrophobic and self-cleaning.
Windows that can change opacity or colour already exist but rely on electrochemical reactions that are expensive to produce, especially on a commercial scale. This technology relies on a physical reaction, so is much cheaper to produce on a large scale.
Cellulose Nanofibre for auto parts, food packaging, clothing, cosmetics and inks
Carbon-fibre may often be dubbed the next-generation material, but it’s another product — cellulose nanofibre — that is increasingly attracting attention among manufacturers.
Nano-scale cellulose fibre has a high oxygen blocking property and can be made into a transparent material, making it useful for food packaging. It also has cosmetic applications, as it’s water retentive and isn’t sticky.
So what is cellulose nanofibre? A wood-derived fibre, it is essentially made by pulping wood fibres to a nano level of several hundredths of a micron and smaller. The result is an ultra-fine fibre that is light but strong — it is said to be about five times stronger than iron but one-fifth its weight. Replacing plastics and structural components with cellulose nanofibre creates huge opportunity to both create lighter, stronger products and reduce emissions created in manufacturing stages.
Snake venom component and Nanofibre gel work to stop bleeding
Researchers at Rice University have figured out how to leverage batroxobin as a potent coagulant – when combined with a nanofiber hydrogel called SB50 – that could save countless lives in surgery. Medical science has actually been employing batroxobin as a topical clotting agent and thrombosis treatment since the mid 1930s. Used along with the gel, now it’s shown a capability to stop the flow of blood even if the patient is on heparin, a powerful anticoagulant administered before some surgeries.
Gecko inspired Nano-tendon adhesive layer achieving high weight bearing with easy release
We know the story about the Gecko’s foot very well here at Revolution Fibres, we even branded our filtration line of products with the Gecko foot and named the brand after the nanoscopic hairs on their feet – setae.
Here a polymer scientists and a biologist at UMass Amherst have engineered properties seen in Gecko anatomy into a skin or man-made tendon that sticks to surfaces and can hold huge amounts of weight, yet simply peels off the surface with a careful twist, just like a Gecko foot. Check it out:
Perhaps this explains Tom Cruise’s gloves in Mission Impossible?