Clothes That Clean Themselves Using Only Sunshine

Clothes That Clean Themselves Using Only Sunshine
Innovation

Scientists have discovered a cotton fabric that when treated with a chemical compound can remove stains when exposed to sunlight.

Yi Chen
  • 3 january 2012


Scientists from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China have come up with a unique cotton material that can clean itself when left under ordinary sunlight. The fabric includes a coat of nanoparticles made from a compound of titanium dioxide, nitrogen, silver and iodine. From a test experiment, the special coating was able to remove an orange stain when exposed to sunlight for just two hours. Furthermore, the coating remained intact even after washing and drying.

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