Brain Chamber (www.brain-chamber.com) has developed a new bio fabric material that could revolutionise the way you manufacture bio-fabric products.
The company, which makes high-quality bio-inert polymers for use in biomedical and cosmetic products, says it has developed new techniques to develop and fabricate the material and it has found that the process of fabricating a material using a nanofibre catalyst is simpler than the traditional method of creating a polymer.
The new material is called Bio Fabric Polysack.
Bio Fabric polysack is made of two different layers of polyamide: a highly dense material that has been coated with a protein and a thin layer of cellulose, which can be easily separated from the fibre to produce a uniform, stable and light-weight material.
The result is that the two layers have the same properties as the material being manufactured, but the nanofibrils do not form bonds with each other.
‘This is an enormous advance in the industry’ Bio Fabric is one of the few materials that can be grown in high volume, says Professor Stephen Dye, from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Liverpool.
‘The production of Bio Fiber Polysacking is a significant step forward in the field of fabricing bio-fibre, and this will also lead to new advances in biorefinery.’
There are a few other materials that we know of that can grow in large volumes and produce bio-polymers.
But they have different properties.
Bio Fibre Polysackers have a completely different profile from the rest of the bio-film material that we’re developing for the biofabric industry.’
The new Bio Fabric material uses a nanoparticle to generate a chemical reaction that generates a highly-woven nanofiber structure.
This process is similar to the way the fibre itself is produced in a fibre-optic film, and it is able to produce the material without the use of any chemicals or additives.
The process is the same for both types of Bio Fabrics, but because the material is made with cellulose rather than protein, it has less tendency to stick together when used in high-volume fabrication processes.
The team believes that this is because cellulose is an inert molecule that has not a single protein.
In fact, cellulose in Bio Fabric will be able to be more easily removed from the material, meaning that the materials can be manufactured without using any harsh chemicals.
This means the material will be much more robust and easier to use in high volumes.
Professor Dye says that Bio Fabric was developed using cutting-edge nanotechnology techniques that are still very much in the infancy of this field.
‘We’re just at the beginning of a very exciting phase of this technology,’ he says.
‘If you look at how the nanomachines interact with other nanomachine proteins, you see that they’re very flexible and very responsive.
‘Bio Fabric is a nanoscience-driven material, so it can be used in a wide variety of applications.
‘In the future, it will be possible to fabricate new materials using Bio Fabric that are much more sustainable, less harmful to the environment and therefore less costly.’
Bio Fabric, which has been developed using a technique called nano-fabrying, is the first commercially available bio-based fabric that uses nanotechnology to create a material that is highly flexible and lightweight, which is then able to form a nanocone, which enables the material to be formed into an ‘electronic wire’.
The nanocones have a diameter of about a millimetre, which are the diameter of the nanomaterial itself.
The nanosizes also contain tiny holes that allow the nanowires to be folded up, which provides flexibility and weight.
‘As a result, the NanoFabric material is a very small, lightweight material with a low energy density,’ says Professor Dyes.
‘It’s also very easy to shape and use.
‘For the Nano Fabrics to be useful in the manufacturing of other products, they need to be highly flexible.
But when it comes to the production of the material itself, it’s not easy.
‘Because of this, it makes perfect sense to create it with the nanocons as well as the nanorods.’
By combining these two different technologies, we are able to build a flexible, lightweight, lightweight product that is very high energy-dense.
‘Our nanocontrol system can be placed at the interface of these two technologies and it’s a good tool for the manufacturing process.’
BioFabric is a product of the Bioprinting Research Centre, which was established in 2013 to research and develop new materials and processes that could be used to produce high-end bio-materials.
The centre has also been working with the BioFabrics team