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MONASTIR – Researchers from the University of Monastir in Tunisia have developed a method of treating conventional cotton fabrics used in the medical sector to offer enhanced antimicrobial properties.

In the research, published in the Journal of Applied Polymer Science, the team - led by Mariem Tred, Department of Textiles at the National School of Engineers - used chitosan fibre, a naturally occurring polysaccharide, to synthesize a hydrogel which is safe on the skin. From this, the team applied the hydrogel to ionically activated cellulose fibres which as a result exhibited improved antimicrobial activity.

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