Our technology relates to the special way of processing of bio-polymers and incorporation of these bio-polymers into fibers and fabrics of both synthetic and natural origin (e.g. polyesters, polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, spandex, orlon, acrylics, Kevlar, cotton, linen, silk and wool), thus the desirable properties of the bio-polymer can be incorporated into the fibers or fabrics.
Today there are many fabrics in use for a wide variety of purposes, based on natural and synthetic fibers. In many applications it is desirable for the fabrics or fibers to have properties that are not inherent to the basic fiber, such as being anti-microbial or promoting the healing of wounds. Current methods (e.g. addition of silver ions, antibiotics, surface treatments, etc.) are often expensive, easily removed by washing, can cause skin irritation or change the inherent desirable properties of the base fabric.
One solution to the limitation of added components or treatments is through the use of bio-polymers that have the desirable properties of being anti-microbial and/or promoting wound healing as well as being sustainable materials. They are also bio-compatible and do not cause skin irritation. Fibers or fabrics prepared using our technology have utility by adding the properties of the bio-polymers to the physical properties of the base fiber or fabric. For example, a chitin-polyester fabric provides a fabric with anti-microbial activity while retaining the strength, feel and wicking properties of the base polyester. An alginate-cotton fabric adds wound healing properties to the feel and breathability of cotton bandage material.
In addition, the fibers and fabrics produced by our technology represent novel materials which are not currently available due to the limitations of prior art in the processing of bio-polymers. Thus, the technology provides a means for producing novel materials with a broad utility in a variety of applications.