Modern textile manufacturers have begun to incorporate advanced materials into their fabrics. American Elements has met the challenge producing several products that assist in the anti-wetting and anti-microbial capabilities of garments.

In 2010, we launched S-Mite™, a dispersable anti-microbial nanoscale silver oxide powder that has been tested and used by such companies as Eddie Bauer and W.L. Gore, makers of patented Gortex™ fabrics.

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Innovation Case Study #20: American Elements Creates and Launches Anti-Microbial Nanopowder for Use in Textiles

#20: American Elements Creates and Launches Anti-Microbial Nanopowder for Use in Textiles

The Challenge

In 2004, W.L. Gore was looking for a way to introduce an antimicrobial capability to its popular Gortex™ sports fabrics in order to make them even more useful in extreme high-humidity/high temperature environments. W.L. Gore contacted American Elements to assist in creating this next generation textile.

The Innovation

At the time American Elements was already in the process of developing a low cost method to produce nanoscale metal oxide powders, one of which was an antimicrobial zinc oxide nanopowder. Small samples and eventually bulk quantities were delivered to W.L. Gore.

The Result

W.L. Gore incorporated Z-Mite into its coating blend and produced an exceptional material that retained antimicrobial properties after repeated washing and use. American Elements branded this new powder Z-Mite™. Z-Mite continues to be a widely used material in the garment industry.

Selected Products Supplied to the Textiles & Fabrics Industry

(5N) 99.999% Aluminum Oxide Powder 3% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Aluminum Oxalate Aluminum Oxide Powder
Aluminum Phosphate Antimony Tin Oxide (ATO) Barium Iron Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Barium Iron Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Bismuth Oxychloride Blue Tungsten Oxide (TBO) Boron Nitride Nanoparticle Dispersion Boron Nitride Nanoparticles
Cadmium Ingot Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticle Dispersion Calcium Carbonate Nanoparticles Calcium Copper Titanate
Calcium Nitrate Solution Carbon Black Nanodispersion Carbon Black Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Carbon Bromide
Cerium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Copper Phthalocyanine Copper Powder Eosin Y
Gallium Ingot Gold Nanoparticle Dispersion Gold Nanoparticles Indium Blocks
Indium Cubes Indium Foil Indium Rod Molybdenum 2-Ethylhexanoate
Nickel Acetate Solution Nickel Powder Niobium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Niobium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Periodic Acid Phosphorus(III) Chloride Selenium Ingot Silicon Nanoparticle Dispersion
Silicon Nanoparticles Sodium Gluconate Sodium Hexahydroxoantimonate Sodium Sulfite
Sodium Trichloroacetate Sodium Tripolyphosphate Tantalum Nanoparticle Dispersion Tantalum Nanoparticles
Titanium Carbide Nanoparticle Dispersion Titanium Carbide Nanoparticles Tungsten Nanoparticle Dispersion Tungsten Nanoparticles
Tungsten(VI) Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Tungsten(VI) Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Ytterbium Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Ytterbium Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Zinc Chloride Zinc Oxide Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zinc Oxide Pieces
Zinc Oxide Powder Zinc Rod Zirconium Sulfate Zirconium(IV) Sulfate Tetrahydrate