Clothing that can kill viruses and bacteria on contact helps protect soldiers, hospital workers, firefighters and paramedics, but getting the protective finish onto their uniforms is a challenge. University of Alberta researchers are working to improve the short- and long-term performance of a fabric finish that uses N-Halamines, including how to develop a recharging system to reactivate it. Soldiers in the field don’t always have access to running water or washing machines, so they need an easy way to recharge their garments in harsh conditions and remote environments, says textiles researcher Patricia Dolez. Partnering with Logistik Unicorp Inc., a Canadian company that manages supply chains for many corporate and government clients worldwide that use protective clothing, will help find the best production process, the researchers say.

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