The skin cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide and each year is produced worldwide over three million cases, because it is directly related to the exposure of the skin to ultraviolet radiation generated by the sun. In Brazil, several institutions such as the National Cancer Institute José Alencar Gomes da Silva and the Ministry of Health of Brazil, reported the increase and appearance of new cancers in recent years.In this project will be make functionalization of textile fabrics of 100% cotton fibers with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles, which has interesting properties for applications such as sunscreen. Therefor improving the cotton protection features to ultraviolet radiation.The functionalization of fabrics with nanoparticles will be performed by the exhaustion process using a foulard. Functionalized textiles will be evaluated by technical standards to determine the UV-blocking quantification characteristics, cytotoxicity of textiles, and resistance to cycles of washes of the functionalization, fastness tests, physical tests and also the structural and morphological characterizations.
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