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.