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Environmentally Benign Medical Protective Textiles
University of California
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Davis, CA 95616
Phone (530) 754-7298
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NSF-Muses Project

NSF-Muses Papers Database (New!)
Title Health Protective Textiles: Bridging the Disposable/Reusable Divide
Task 1: A strategic modeling of functional textiles employed in medical textile products and chemical protective clothing based on expected protective functions against individual hazards;
Task 2: A thorough analysis of material compositions and maufacturing processes, overall costs, and life cycles of both reusable and disposable textile products;
Task 3: The assessment and theoretical modeling of health risk reduction and the energy consumption and the environmental impact of both materials during their whole life cycles;
Task 4: Characterizing the recycling, reuse, and disposal of both reusable and disposable textiles, as well as possible alternative disposal methods;
Task 5: A thorough analysis of social, political, and psychological images of both reuable and disposable textiles, including the relationships of these images to marketing efforts;
Task 6: A study of the decision-making processes in the selection of reusable and disposable textiles in institutions, building upon the results of MUSES study;
Task 7: Expanding the research areas to chemical-protective clothing and first responders uniforms using the developed theories and establish proper models of functions and performances;
Task 8: Educational activities including working with professional associations to educate users of protective clothing, as well as undergraduate and graduate textiles and engineering students;
Task 9: Collaboration with international textile researchers on an in-depth and comparative analysis of the policies, regulations, trends and new technologies associated with both materials.