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A ground-breaking and potentially disruptive reactive surface technology for producing multi-functional textiles in a matter of seconds is poised for commercial launch as early as next year. Alexium Limited, based in Cambridge, UK, holds proprietary patent applications for a process developed initially in a US Department of Defense Laboratory, which allows for the surface modification and attachment of nanoparticles or multiple functional groups to surfaces or substrates. Applications include textiles, paints, packaging, glass and building materials.