Innovation Spotlight: MIT: Antimicrobial Fabric

Report Code: AVM221A

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August 2021

Imagine you never have to wash your clothes ever again!

We wash clothes to remove stains, body odor and any pathogens. If stains, odor or bacteria do not absorb into the fabric in the first place, there is no need to wash the clothes as much as we do. Innovation in developing smart and engineered material fabrics that can repel or kill microbes has opened up new market opportunities for various applications, from healthcare to apparel to home textile and industrial usage.

The antimicrobial fabric market has attracted attention, particularly since the COVID pandemic and the need for reducing the speed of propagating the virus. This market is worth an estimated at $1 billion.

BCC Research contacted Dr. Svetlana Boriskina, a principal research scientist from MIT. Dr. Boriskina's team at MIT engineers smart and sustainable fabrics and wearable high-efficiency sensors. Her team also received several prizes and grants for innovative products.

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