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University of Fukui, Kuraray Jointly Develop Nonwoven Fabric that Selectively Absorbs Metal Ions
 

Tokyo, Feb 17, 2012 (JCN) - The University of Fukui and Kuraray Co. Ltd have applied advanced fiber-processing technology - specifically, electron beam-induced graft polymerization - to successfully develop a special nonwoven fabric that selectively absorbs and separates metal ions.

The research utilized Kuraray's FELIBENDY, a nonwoven fabric made from the copolymer EVAL (ethylene vinyl alcohol polymer resin), which reacts readily to electron beam-induced graft polymerization, a process that increases the fabric surface area that comes in contact with the solution.

Following this achievement, the two parties began setting up a metal ion collection business that they hope to quickly launch as a Japan-based industry-university joint project. The University of Fukui and Kuraray will work together to ensure appropriate materials collaboration for the electron beam-induced graft polymerization.

By Saroj Shrestha Staff Writer

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