(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) IIT Delhi startup develops highly effective antiviral fabric

(GIST OF SCIENCE REPORTER) IIT Delhi startup develops highly effective antiviral fabric


IIT Delhi startup develops highly effective antiviral fabric

  • A deep-tech healthcare startup incubated at IIT Delhi, has developed an affordable high-performance medical textile called Fabium, which destroys more than 99% of bacteria and viruses within 30 minutes
  • Ordinary antimicrobial fabric products available in the market inhibit microbes in 24 hours with unsatisfactory efficiency. 
  • This period of 24 hours makes those antimicrobial fabric products impractical to be used in everyday life because a typical bacterium doubles itself in around 20-30 minutes.
  • Fabium is developed using Hi-PAT technology, which makes it highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It starts working within seconds of contact with the pathogens and destroys them within 30 minutes.
  • Large-scale manufacturing of Fabium requires passing the raw cotton fabric through a set of proprietary chemical formulations while using the standard textile processing machinery, which is commonly available in the Indian textile industry.
  • Fabium can be made with any kind of fabric ─ natural or synthetic; woven, non-woven, or knitted. One of the major USPs of Fabium is its natural colour, which is 100% white, making it suitable for further dyeing, printing, embroidery, and other kinds of designing.
  • The fabric is free from formaldehyde & metal nanoparticles, which cause toxicity & irritation to the human body.



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