Technology.am (Sept. 01, 2009) — Scientist at Victoria University in New Zealand has won a prestigious award for turning Merino wool into gold.
Professor Jim Johnston developed a world-first process in which nano-particles of pure gold and silver are embedded in merino wool to create a luxury fibre that can be used in high-end fashion garments, textiles and carpets.
“This is a very clever technology which does not require a huge, expensive plant. With this technology, we are giving the New Zealand wool industry a boost by creating a unique added-value material with its own distinctive properties for high-end markets.”
Professor Johnston says the technology has already attracted great interest from the New Zealand wool industry, Italian and UK designers and manufacturers, and estimates the process could become a commercial reality within 12 months.