Recently, a Chinese manufacturer has attracted many attentions with its brilliant new technology in the production of nylon. They have made this synthetic fiber material from corn!
As we all know, corn is one of the most popular food in the world, but this manufacturer has processed it in a biological way, utilized the proprietary technology to get pentamethylenediamine from it, and then polymerized into polyamide.
This type of polyamide has many advantages on several aspects. According to an expert, nylon made of bio-based monomer has better durability, flame retardancy, moisture wicking and dyeability than the natural textile materials.
As the first chemical fiber in history, nylon is one of the most widely-used materials in the textile industry. It is an essential material in our life, and can be commonly seen in the daily products such as clothes, stockings, mosquito nets and so on.
Thanks to its characteristics like non-toxic, light weight, excellent mechanical strength, good wear resistance and corrosion resistance, nylon can also be used as the substitute for copper and other metals in the machinery, chemical, instrumentation, automotive and other industries.
Compared with the traditional polyamide produced from petrochemical raw materials, the corn-made nylon can largely reduce the product cost and energy consumption. Therefore, this new technology will have a good influence on the chemical industry and contribute to the environmental protection.