Journal of Metals, Materials and Minerals

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The development of antimicrobial fabrics using zinc oxide (ZnO) embedded polyester fibers have been investigated in the present work. The mechanical properties, tear and tensile strength, of the fabrics have been investigated. The ZnO nanoparticles change the mechanical behavior of the fabrics. The antimicrobial activity of the fabrics was assessed through the bacterial reduction method and the materials showed activity against S. aureus. After three replicate standard washing processes, the bacterial inhibition of fabrics with about 99% reduction still remains. The fabrics exhibit great potential to be used as clothing textiles to protect human body against microbial infections.

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