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Nanotechnology and Fashion

Nanotechnology and Fashion

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09/13/2007 12:29 AMNanotechnology and fashionPage 1 of 3http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/May07/nanofibers.fashion.aj.html
 Anne Ju/Cornell Chronicle
Design student Olivia Ong '07 hugs two garments, treatedwith metallic nanoparticles through a collaboration withfiber scientists Juan Hinestroza and Hong Dong, that shedesigned as part of her fashion line, "Glitterati."
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Student designer and fiber scientists create a dress thatprevents colds and a jacket that destroys noxious gases
By Anne Ju
Fashion designers andfiber scientists at Cornellhave taken "functionalclothing" to a whole newlevel. They havedesigned a garment thatcan prevent colds andflu and never needswashing, and another that destroys harmfulgases and protects thewearer from smog andair pollution.The two-toned golddress and metallicdenim jacket, featured atthe April 21 CornellDesign League fashionshow, contain cottonfabrics coated withnanoparticles that give them functional qualities never before seen in the fashion world.Designed by Olivia Ong '07 in the College of Human Ecology's Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, the garments were infused with their unusual qualities byfiber science assistant professor Juan Hinestroza and his postdoctoral researcher HongDong. Apparel design assistant professor Van Dyke Lewis launched the collaboration byintroducing Ong to Hinestroza several months ago."We think this is one of the first times thatnanotechnology has entered the fashionworld," Hinestroza said. He noted onedrawback may be the garments' price: onesquare yard of nano-treated cotton wouldcost about $10,000.Ong's dress and jacket, part of her originalfashion line called "Glitterati," look
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09/13/2007 12:29 AMNanotechnology and fashionPage 2 of 3http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/May07/nanofibers.fashion.aj.html
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Nicole Grospe '07, left, and Andrea Clark'07 model clothing designed by Olivia Ong'07, at the Cornell Design League fashionshow. The dress and jacket containnanoparticles with antibacterial and air-purifying qualities.
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A scanning electronmicroscope image shows acotton fiber with palladiumnanoparticle coating.
 Anne Ju/Cornell Chronicle
Assistant professor JuanHinestroza and postdoctoralresearcher Hong Dong, in their Martha Van Rensselaer Hall lab.
innocently hip. But closer inspection -- witha microscope, that is -- shows an army of electrostatically charged nanoparticlescreating a protective shield around thecotton fibers in the top part of the dress,and the sleeves, hood and pockets of the jacket."It's something really moving toward thefuture, and really advanced," said Ong,who graduates in December and aspires todesign school. "I thought this couldpotentially be what fashion is movingtoward."Dong explained that the fabrics werecreated by dipping them in solutionscontaining nanoparticles synthesized inHinestroza's lab. The resultant colors arenot the product of dyes, but rather,reflections of manipulation of particle size or arrangement.The upper portion of the dress contains cotton coated with silver nanoparticles. Dong firstcreated positively charged cotton fibers using ammonium- and epoxy-based reactions,inducing positive ionization. The silver particles, about 10-20 nanometers across (ananometer is one-billionth of a meter) were synthesized in citric acid, which preventednanoparticle agglomeration.Dipping the positively charged cotton into thenegatively charged silver nanoparticle solutionresulted in the particles clinging to the cotton fibers.Silver possesses natural antibacterial qualities thatare strengthened at the nanoscale, thus giving Ong'sdress the ability to deactivate many harmful bacteriaand viruses. The silver infusion also reduces the needto wash the garment, since it destroys bacteria, andthe small size of the particles prevents soiling andstains.The denim jacket includes a hood, sleeves andpockets with soft, gray tweed cotton embedded withpalladium nanoparticles, about 5-10 nanometers inlength. To create the material, Dong placed negativelycharged palladium crystals onto positively chargedcotton fibers.Ong, though strictly a designer, was drawn especiallyto the science behind creating the anti-smog jacket."I thought it would be cool if [wearers] could wipe their hands on their sleeves or pockets," Ong said.Ong incorporated the resultant cotton fiber into a jacket with the ability to oxidize smog. Such propertieswould be useful for someone with allergies, or for protecting themselves from harmful gases in the

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