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In 2004, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov used sticky tape to shave graphite down to a one-atom-thick sample, called graphene. It’s the lightest, strongest and most conductive material ever discovered. It’s difficult to work with and expensive to produce, but that hasn’t stopped high-tech sportswear company Vollebak from turning it into a jacket. One side of this reversible jacket is coated with gunmetal grey graphene, and the other is matt black nylon. It’s a wearable science experiment: depending on how you wear it, the jacket will interact with your body and the environment in different ways – test on one side, control on the other. And the designers want to know what you find out. Vollebak says that if you wear the jacket in the sunshine with the graphene side facing out, it’ll absorb huge amounts of heat, which you can then wear against your body to keep you warm. The jacket will set you back £525 and is only available in men’s sizes, but if you’re interested in turning your wardrobe into one big science experiment, then wearable graphene is a great place to start.
Vollebak Graphene Jacket
Who’d have thought the ‘miracle material’ graphene would end up in an anorak?