Scent to Try Us
PTR-MS helps explain why some fabrics keep you smelling fresh, while others... don’t
Joanna Cummings |
If you’ve ever found your face jammed in a fellow commuter’s armpit, you may have noticed that some fabrics seem to make people smellier than others.
So why do some fabrics leave you reaching for the deodorant? Human body odor consists of many known volatiles that can adhere to the textile against the skin; the fibers of different fabrics have been shown to adsorb and release these volatiles differently. So by more fully understanding these interactions, garment manufacturers could develop products to counteract unpleasant odors. At least that’s what researcher Raechel Laing of the Centre for Materials Science and Technology, University of Otago, has in mind.
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- TM Richter et al, “Textile binding and release of body odor compounds measured by proton transfer reaction – mass spectrometry”, Text Res J (2017).