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Advanced Materials for Engineering Applications Chapter 7

Advancements in Nanofiber Technology

I. Hosie
Revolution Fibres Ltd, New Zealand

pp. 262 - 265

Keywords: nanofibers, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, electrospinning, nanotechnology, textiles

Revolution Fibres Ltd is a global leader in nanofibre production and the creation of advanced textile products. Revolution Fibres has commercialized and manufactures products with various clients in the areas of filtration, skin health, composites, acoustics, biotech and anti-allergy bedding. Nanofibre has huge potential. Most often created through a process called electrospinning, it can be readily functionalized, has incredible physical properties, and is very marketable. It is also easy to produce at research level – hence the high number of papers and patents in this field. But is the level of innovation reflective in examples of commercialization? Furthermore, with the ability to carry high loadings of functional additives including most nanotechnologies, has the true potential even been realised? Revolution Fibres is one company that bridges the gap between research and commercialization, focussing on manufacturing and product development with advanced materials for real-world benefit.