The team developed the antibacterial fabric by embedding sets of nanowires loaded with silver-TCNQ into a cotton textile. After being coated in a silver solution, the nanoarrays began to slowly release silver-ions that killed off bacteria as they came into contact.
"The fabric can be built into most materials, such as cotton or nylon," Vipul Bansal, Associate Professor at RMIT's School of Applied Sciences and leader of the research team tells Gizmag. "And from there it is a simple step. We took a T-shirt and dipped it into the silver solution under some controlled conditions to enable the nanowires. It then killed off the bacteria within 10 minutes of being exposed to the organisms."