Every fabric in the world goes through finishing processes that pollute the environment through both the use of excessive chemicals and the washing process. After these unsustainable processes, brands are still plagued by the rapid degradation of product quality and performance over time.
Israeli startup Sonovia, previously known as Nano Textile, has developed a sustainable and safe ultrasonic anti-bacterial coating which can treat any kind of fabric: Cotton, Silk or Synthetic.
Sonovia’s coating finishing utilizes a unique physical phenomenon, known as “cavitation.” This method propels desired chemistries onto fabrics without using any chemical binders reducing more than 50% the required chemicals in the process. It greatly improves the durability of the finish, even to the harsh conditions of industrial washes.
Fabrics that underwent Sonovia’s coating process have been tested and found to remain 100% anti-bacterial even after 65 washing cycles at 92C degree and 100 washing cycles at 75C degrees.
Compared to traditional methods, Sonovia’s methods significantly reduce or eliminate pollution, and also prevents the leaching of finishing chemicals from the product to the skin of the user
It also allows to coat any kind of surface, from glass to ceramics to polymers and used on magnetic, electric conductive and super-hydrophobic.
The technology was developed by Professor Aharon Gedanken and Dr. Ilana Perelshtein of Bar–Ilan University in Israel. Both are globally renowned chemists and experts of sonochemistry.
According to the company, Sonovia has already caught the interest of the world’s leading textile enterprises, spanning sportswear, outdoor wear, automotive, technical, and healthcare industries.
Sonovia’s technology is expected to become the first mass-market adopted anti-bacterial coating technology in hospital settings, combating hospital-acquired infections.
Sonovia works with experts in the fields of biology, chemistry, and textile research. Our team consists of Dr. Yehuda Carmeli, the Head of the Israeli National Center for Infection Control and chief of the Division of Epidemiology at the Tel Aviv Medical Center. Our scientific advisory board also consists of Dr. Sidney Altman, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry and Sterling Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Chemistry at Yale University.
Sonovia have received patents in the EU, US, and Israel; Awarded over €14 million from EU’s FP7 and Horizon2020 Grants.