Sydney: The RMIT University’s researchers have brought a unique and much beneficial idea, using which the people would never require to spend their hours with their washing machines. The researchers have developed a pioneering nanotechnology research, where, the nanostructures on textiles were grown, which soon be exposed to the light will release a burst of energy which then degrade organic matter.
As such, the researchers’ developed nanostructures will self- clean under the light being grown into textiles. The researchers have currently tested the idea only on stains and sweat. As per researchers, their next step could be antibacterial textile which would kill superbugs.
At the Ian Potter NanoBioSensing Facility and NanoBiotechnolgy Research Lab of RMIT University’s one of the lead researchers- Dr. Rajesh Ramnathan said that their team found working with the Copper and Silver- based nanostructures, which are well- known for their skill for absorbing visible light.
Further, he said that the originally the researchers have taken a simple cotton textile, then they have few dissimilar new methodologies for growing the nanostructures directly on them. And thereafter, they just shine light on them, soon these structures were formed.
Moreover, the researchers also seen that amongst the two materials, one worked very fast, with the degradation process, which was taking approximately Six to ten minutes for “shining”. However, the researcher said the second one had taken over Thirty minutes for this process, but it is more stable. As such, as per Dr. Ramanathan, there is a “fine balance between stability and the speed”.
Moreover, it is made clear by the researchers that they have tested the idea on stains only and they have not yet started to test on sweet. However, the researchers shown to have tested “some difficult organic compounds”, which as per them, “successfully degraded in the process”.
Also, researchers further said that now they are taking more “consumer- related products” in which they may take wine stains, food stains, etc. and then they will again try to degrade that and will see how quickly it can degrade?, and how much material it will really required for degradation of such stains.