About the Product
Company: Schoeller Technologies AG Product Phase: Available Product Type: Fabric finish Patent Name: Finishings For Textile Fibers and Fabrics to Give Hydrophobic Oleophobic and Self-Cleaning Surfaces Patent Number: US20080214075 Patent Search: >>
Wing surface self-cleans: Morpho butterfly >
Product or process
Butterflies don’t take baths. Instead, nano-scale surface structures on their wings repel water and most dirt and also cause dirt particles to be carried away by water. Schoeller Technologies AG of Switzerland created a fabric finish called NanoSphere® that is self-cleaning, dirt- and water-repellent, and abrasion-resistant. Less washing and abrasion reduce use of natural resources and harmful chemical cleaners.
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The biomimicry story
Schoeller Technologies looked at how the leaves of some plants stay clean because dirt cannot adhere to their nano-structured surfaces. They applied this nanostructure to the surfaces of their textiles to help keep them clean, while also being breathable.