Scientists Develop First Fabric to Automatically Cool or Insulate Depending on Conditions

File photo. CREDIT: Gerd Altmann

(From ScienceDaily)

Researchers have engineered a new fabric from synthetic yarn with a carbon nanotube coating that is activated by temperature and humidity, releasing heat in warm humid conditions and trapping heat when conditions are cool and dry. . . .

More work is needed before the fabric can be commercialized, but according to the researchers, materials used for the base fiber are readily available and the carbon coating can be easily added during standard dyeing process.

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