Hydrophilic Polypropylene Fibers Having Antimicrobial Activity
Patent #: 7,879,746
Inventor(s): Thomas Klun, Wayne Dunshee, Kevin Schaffer, Jeffrey Andrews, Debra Neu, and Matthew Scholz
Company: 3M Innovative Properties Company
Polypropylene fibers and devices that include a fatty acid monoglyceride added to the polypropylene as a melt additive are described in this recently issued patent. A hydrophilic enhancer material can be advantageously added to the polypropylene as a melt additive to enhance the hydrophilicity of the fibers and devices. An antimicrobial enhancer material can be added to the fibers to enhance the antimicrobial activity.
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