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Self-cleaning cotton breaks down pesticides, bacteria

University of California, Davis scientists have developed a self-cleaning cotton fabric that can kill bacteria and break down toxic chemicals such as pesticide residues when exposed to light.

"The new fabric has potential applications in biological and chemical protective clothing for health care, food processing, and farmworkers, as well as military personnel," says Ning Liu, who conducted the work as a doctoral student in Professor Gang Sun's group in the UC Davis Division of Textiles of Clothing.

A paper describing the work was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry.
 
 

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