ENCINITAS, Calif., Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CycloPure, Inc. today announced a major advance in its breakthrough adsorption technology - the ability to bond its polymers into textiles. Using this process, the company is now able to infuse its highly adsorbent materials into textile fibers to functionalize fabrics.
As first reported in the January 14, 2016 edition of Nature, CycloPure has developed proprietary materials with superior adsorption that rapidly remove pollutants and other contaminants in the treatment of water. The functionalization of fabrics greatly expands the use of the company's adsorption technology to remove VOCs and contaminants from water and air, enabling the development of innovative textiles and fiber materials, such as water purification membranes, odor controlling fabrics, respirators and other protective materials. The nature of the augmented fabric is unchanged, and can be used with existing manufacturing techniques and equipment. The functionalization process was developed at Cornell University in a collaboration between the Dichtel Lab, led by CycloPure's co-founder Will Dichtel, and the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory, led by Juan Hinestroza. Details were presented in a paper "Cotton Fabric Functionalized with a ß-Cyclodextrin Polymer Captures Organic Pollutants from Contaminated Air and Water", published online in Chemistry of Materials, a leading journal in polymer and materials chemistry. The article is available at the following URL at no cost: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b03624 "We are very pleased with this latest innovation," commented Will Dichtel, the company's Chief Science Officer. "The ability to functionalize fabric with our adsorption technology will usher in a new era of innovative textiles." In the fabric study, cotton was functionalized in a single step process which fused the cotton fibers together with the company's adsorption materials. When tested for uptake of pollutants in water and air, the polymerized fibers outperformed untreated cotton fabric and other commercial absorbents by a magnitude of ten-fold.