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Polymer Chemist Develops Technology for 'Waterless' Laundry

9:32 AM MDT | June 29, 2009 | Alex Scott

Xeros (Leeds, U.K.), a spin-off company from Leeds University (Leeds) founded by the university’s polymer chemistry professor Stephen Burkinshaw, is developing a potentially step-changing laundry process based on the use of nylon beads that uses virtually no water. The technology is based on the principle that stains and dyes are similar and that if stains could stick to fabric then fabrics also could be used to remove stains. Burkinshaw identified that nylon, in a humid environment, becomes highly absorbent and is effective at removing stains from...

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