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MASSACHUSETTS – Researchers at MIT say they have developed a water repellent textile coating using short-chain polymers in a process known as initiated Chemical Vapour Deposition (iCVD) that is both functional and sustainable for the industry.

The team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a method of treating conventional fibre types, including cotton, nylon and linen without the use of industry-standard C8 (long chain) chemistry. C8 chemistry is something the industry is on a mission to stray away from as it is bio-accumulative and bad for the environment.

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