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.

Question? Speak to an American Elements engineer at textiles@americanelements.com

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

(5N) 99.999% Aluminum Oxide Powder 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 Nanoparticle Dispersion Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles / Nanopowder
Zinc Oxide Pieces Zinc Oxide Powder Zinc Rod Zirconium Sulfate
Zirconium(IV) Sulfate Tetrahydrate