New Millennium Fibers

New Millennium Fibers

1st Edition - May 25, 2005

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  • Authors: T Hongu, M Takigami, G O Phillips
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845690793

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Looking forward to the future it is clear that today’s narrow concept of fiber as a basic element for textiles, ropes and nets will become an outmoded notion. The emphasis will instead shift to new and exciting developments in fiber technology and their applications, exploring such fields as biomimetics, nanotechnology and biodegradability.New millennium fibers describes and identifies the scope of high-tech fibers. The present status and prospects of the fiber/textile technology are discussed and the high performance fibers are reviewed from origin to future applications, including carbon fiber.The themes of the book are summarised with a discussion on health care and the environment.As the 21st century progresses fibers will enter into more novel and unexpected applications. We are approaching the age of the wearable computer and organic electroluminescence wearable displays. New potential is open in the fields of car and aerospace industry, civil engineering, separation membranes using hollow fibers for artificial organs, biodegradable fiber for ecological conservation and fibers with biological functions.New millennium fibers explores the exciting roles that fibers will play in the future and will be an essential book for all of those in the textile and fashion industry involved in fiber development or use.

Key Features

  • Keep up to date with the advances in fiber science
  • Explores new and exciting developments in fiber technology
  • Includes applications of new millennium fibers


Those concerned with research and development in the fields of fiber science and technology, industrial design and marketing and those in the textile and fashion industry involved in fiber development or use.

Table of Contents

  • Searching the root of fibers; The new frontier fibers? Superfibers; Carbon fiber expands toward twenty-first century; High-function fiber; Frontier of health and comfort fiber; Polymer fibers for health and nutrition; Fibers in medical applications; Developments in nano-fiber for the new millennium.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2005
  • Published: May 25, 2005
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845690793

About the Authors

T Hongu

Dr Tatsuya Hongu NEDO Working Group for Nano-fiber Technology Survey and Director of Suga Weathering Technology Foundation and visiting Professor of Advanced Fiber Sience and Technology at Fukui University.

Affiliations and Expertise

NEDO Working Group for Nano-fiber Technology Survey

M Takigami

Dr Machiko Takigami works as a research scientist in Takasaki Radiation Chemistry Research Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute.

Affiliations and Expertise

Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Japan

G O Phillips

Professor Glyn O. Phillips was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Salford and appointed as Executive Principal of the North East Wales Institute (now Wrexham Glyndwr University) in 1976. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University of Benin in 1990 and an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Wales in 1999. He was awarded the A.G. Evans Medal by the University of Cardiff in 1991, the first Science and Technology Medal by the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 2004 and the Food Hydrocolloids Trust Medal in 2007. He has a broad range of scientific interests and has published more than 600 research papers in areas including radiation and free radical chemistry, radiation sterilisation, photochemistry and carbohydrate and polysaccharide chemistry. He was technical adviser to the International Atomic Energy Agency and editor of the journals, Food Hydrocolloids, Advances in Tissue Banking and International Journal of Cell and Tissue banking. He initiated the Gums and Stabilisers for the Food industry series of Conferences in 1981 and established the Phillips Hydrocolloids Research Centre at Wrexham Glyndwr University in 2003.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chairman, Phillips Hydrocolloid Research Ltd, UK

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