New grants to create fabrics that render toxic chemicals harmless.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Fibers (Research)
Hazardous substances (Research)
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Nov, 2008 Source Volume: 36 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research Canadian Subject Form: Fibres
Product: Product Code: 2200000 Textile Mill Products NAICS Code: 313 Textile Mills
Organization: Government Agency: United States. Department of Defense
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 231021629
Full Text: Fiber science assistant professor Juan Hinestroza is a member of two teams that secured grants from the U.S. Department of Defense totaling over $2.2 million to create fabrics made of functional nanofibers that would decompose toxic industrial chemicals into harmless byproducts. Approximately $875,000 of the grant will go directly to Hinestroza's work. Both grants are multiuniversity collaborative efforts funded through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

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The grants will fund basic research into the science behind creating such materials, which the Department of Defense could use to create new products. Potential applications include safety gear for U.S. soldiers and filtration systems for buildings and vehicles.
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