2021-077: Selenium based Antimicrobial Material


The established global market for antimicrobial textiles is valued at $9.5 billion. The primary growth is driven by use of the antimicrobial materials within the medical/healthcare industry.

Researchers have developed a technique for annealing selenium compounds to cotton material/fiber/yarn during the dying process resulting in an antimicrobial material. The process can be used with minimal changes to the existing manufacturing processes for cotton materials resulting in an easy and low cost application of the process.

Reference Number: 2021-077

Market Applications:

  • Antimicrobial fabric for use in hospitals and clean rooms
  • Can be made into clothing, linen, furniture
  • Can be used to make bandages and hygiene products

Features, Benefits, and Advantages:

  • Lower costs than competing products
  • Can be applied as a dye to the material
  • Killed 100% of gram-positive bacteria (staphylococcus aureus)
  • Killed 90% of gram-negative bacteria (pseudomonas aeruginosa).
  • Intellectual Property: A U.S. provisional patent was filed on October 7, 2021.

Development Stage: Prototype material has been produced and tested.

Contact Information

Name: Hutton Jones

Email: william.h.jones@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-5756