Special Issue "Nanotechnologies in Textiles"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Smart Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tomas Tamulevicius
Guest Editor
Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania
Interests: nanocomposites; nanoparticles; plasmonics; antimicrobial properties; laser micromachining; scaffolding; microanalysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The contemporary technologies used for textiles are struggling to meet societal demands and challenges, such as stain repellence, wrinkle-freeness, static elimination, smartwear compatibility, and sufficient electrical conductivity of fibers without compromising comfort and flexibility. This inevitably requires the development of new materials along with the associated deposition and/or processing methods. To bridge this gap, nanomaterials and heterogeneous composite materials with embedded nanoparticles and 2D materials are stepping in and providing the required functionalities and properties that have so far been elusive using other means, including antimicrobial properties, hydrophobic properties, handling of odors, controlled drug release, and response to external stimuli via electrical, color, or physiological signals without spoiling their durability. The conventional materials used in textiles could be produced in the form of nanofibers by use of novel methods like the electrospinning technique. The latter enables polymer-based nanofibers ‘loaded’ with different additives including nanoparticles, enzymes, drugs, or catalysts. Such technologies pave the way for the use of nanotextiles in a manifold of areas, including biomedical applications. Nanotextiles are already in use at an industrial level. The utilization of nanomaterials also raises the issue of risk factors including nanotoxicity, nanomaterial release during washing, and environmental impact of nanotextiles based on life cycle assessments.

Comprehensive knowledge of the methods and materials used for nanotextiles and their physical, chemical, mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and associated environmental issues requires a multidisciplinary approach. This Special Issue aims to stimulate researchers worldwide to share their most interesting and promising works in the field of nanotextiles and their emerging new applications. Original research articles, review articles, and significant preliminary communications are invited, with particular interest in articles describing current research trends and future perspectives in nanotextiles.

Prof. Dr. Tomas Tamulevicius
Guest Editor

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  • Electrospun nanofibers and beyond
  • Nanoparticles in textiles
  • Carbon based nanomaterials for textiles
  • Characterization of nano-materials in textiles
  • Nanocomposites for textiles
  • Nanotextiles for scaffolding wound dressing and bedding
  • Textiles with antimicrobial properties
  • Nanotoxicity of textiles
  • Nanomaterials for controlled drug release in textiles
  • Textiles for energy generation and storage
  • Physical treatment and post processing of textiles
  • Fiber optics and photonics in textiles
  • Filtering of harmful UV radiation
  • Textiles for smartwear
  • Stimuli-responsive nanotextiles
  • Sensors and transducers in textiles
  • Nanomaterials for water permeability and odor handling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Authors: Tadas Juknius 1, Indrė Juknienė 2, Tomas Tamulevičius 1, Modestas Ružauskas 2, Vaidas Oberauskas 2, Aušrinė Jurkevičiūtė 1, Sigitas Tamulevičius 1
Title: Preclinical study of a multi-structured antimicrobial patches based on thin nanocomposite amorphous diamond like carbon films with embed silver nanoparticles
Affiliations: 1-Kaunas University of Technology, 2-Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Authors: Evaldas Bolskis, Erika Adomavičiūtė, Valdas Norvydas
Title: Formation and characterization of melt spun multifilament PLA yarns with myrrh extract.
Affiliations: Kaunas University of Technology
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