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 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 Ammonium Oxalate 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 Trifluoroacetate Sodium Tripolyphosphate
Tantalum Nanoparticle Dispersion Tantalum Nanoparticles Tin(II) Tartrate Hydrate 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