a few words about us
Nano Textile was established in 2013, immediately after a very successful R&D phase which was fully funded by a 12M EURO investment from the European Commission’s FP7 initiative.
Nano Textile has developed a breakthrough, single-step nano-coating process, which is done via an IP protected sono-chemistry reactor. The process, despite its innovative brilliancy, is very cost effective.
Our main objective, and the catalyst for our innovation, is to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives due to hospital acquired infections.
Our unique and breakthrough single-step nano-coating process has proven itself to be the only viable anti-bacterial solution in the world for hospitals due to the extreme durability of the anti-bacterial properties and the limitless manufacturing abilities; therefore, it allows us to implement our technology into any kind of fabric, either man-made or natural, with absolutely no damage or alteration to the fabrics’ original quality or color.
Nano Textile currently holds granted patents in Israel, the US, and the EU and holds patent pending requests in additional strategic markets around the world.
Although our main target is providing antibacterial nano-coating services to hospital textile manufacturers, our technology allows us to coat any kind of surface, from glass, to ceramic, to polymers, and implement not only antibacterial properties, but additional properties such as magnetic, electric conductivity and super-hydrophobic properties.
We welcome you to contact us and advance to the wonders of nano-coating.
From Theory to Practice
The SONO team built two machines to carry out the coating – in France and in Russia – which were sent to companies in Italy and Romania. An Israeli company then followed up on technical development, making its operation fully automatic.
It was not long before the devices were up and running, coating various textiles with Zinc Oxide nanoparticles. When testing effectiveness, the team concentrated on eight bacteria identified by doctors as posing the biggest risk to patients.
The fabrics were found to kill all eight bacteria efficiently – and most importantly, remained effective after 65 washes in hospital washing machines at 92°C (which reflect international standards applied across hospitals). A second test was conducted with 100 washes at 75°C and the fabric proved resilient once again. Microscopic photographs also showed the continued presence of the antibacterial nanoparticles after washing.
“This result makes our technique different from all others – exceptional even. Nobody else can demonstrate this,” says Gedanken.
Pajamas to Food Packaging: Further Applications
The ultimate test took place in Bulgaria, where 21 patients were given antibacterial coated bed sheets, pillow cases and pajamas, while 16 others used standard hospital linen. The result was a confirmation of all that had been proven thus far: swabs from the first group (with the coated linens) exhibited significantly fewer dangerous bacteria.
What makes the antibacterial coating even more exciting is that it also kills certain bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics.
But is it affordable? Operating the coating machine over five years will push up costs by 25%, explains Gedanken. After five years, costs will be just 4-5% higher. However, the savings from reduced infection rates, which are currently a huge economic burden for healthcare providers, will more than compensate for these costs.