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 anti-microbial 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 anti-microbial 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 anti-microbial 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

3% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia 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 Phosphorus(III) Chloride Selenium Ingot
Silicon Nanoparticle Dispersion Silicon Nanoparticles Sodium Gluconate Sodium Hexahydroxoantimonate
Sodium Sulfite 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 Nanoparticles / Nanopowder Zinc Oxide Pieces Zinc Oxide Powder
Zinc Rod Zirconium Sulfate Zirconium(IV) Sulfate Tetrahydrate