International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Catalytic Clothing

Activity by Pauline Meakins   |   added on Jul 08, 2011   |   United Kingdom Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): A joint partnership between Prof Helen Storey, London College of Fashion and Prof Tony Ryan , Sheffield University, supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry

Catalytic Clothing is a partnership that brings together the worlds of fashion and science and asks the public to join the campaign for clean air. Catalytic Clothing seeks to explore how clothing and textiles can be used as a catalytic surface to purify the air we breathe.

Catalytic Clothing is radical partnership between The University of Sheffield and London College of Fashion University of the Arts London that brings together the worlds of fashion and chemistry with the potential to clean the air we breathe. Employing existing technology in a new way, it seeks to explore how clothing and textiles can be used as a catalytic surface to purify air. It is the brainchild of artist / designer Professor Helen Storey MBE and chemist Professor Tony Ryan OBE – people from two very differing worlds who are using their diametric approaches to achieve great things. Previous projects include the groundbreaking Wonderland project which has now been seen by over 11 million people worldwide.

An exclusive film starring Erin O’Connor with soundtrack by Radiohead was launched on 15th June going viral with millions of views: please log on to or join the Facebook fan page Catalytic-Clothing-Clothes-that-purify-air.

Catalytic Clothing was launched to the press on 6 July and the Royal Society of Chemistry are working with Catalytic Clothing to explore an open air exhibition during the London Science Festival in October as part of International Year of Chemistry. 



Topic: celebrating chemistry, sustainable and green chemistry, art, seminars Audience: students, professional chemists, general public, professors, educators, teachers, women chemists, educational institutions, universities, secondary school students, tertiary education, high schools, school children, secondary schools, graduate students, secondary schools students


Rupashree Dass | Jul 19, 2011 01:18PM

Clothes which provide a catalytic surface to purify air? 

This is realy unique.I would love to know more about this concept.

Pauline Meakins | Jul 19, 2011 01:57PM

A link to Catalytic Clothing is now available for you to view more.

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