FAB­RICS OF THE FU­TURE

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Just a lit­tle over a year ago, re­searchers at Stan­ford Univer­sity an­nounced that they had de­vel­oped a fabric that might be able to pro­vide even more re­lief from the heat. Nanoporous poly­eth­yl­ene has pores be­tween 50 and 1,000 nanome­ters in di­am­e­ter, which scat­ter vis­i­ble light yet al­low in­frared en­ergy to pass through. In other words, the sun can’t get in, but your body heat can es­cape out with­out be­ing blocked (as hap­pens with other fab­rics).

The re­searchers be­lieve that they can coat the fabric with poly­dopamine (a ma­te­rial de­signed for the bio­med­i­cal in­dus­try, used to coat nanoscale sur­faces to change their phys­i­cal prop­er­ties) to give it wick­ing prop­er­ties. Tests prior to coat­ing show a tem­per­a­ture drop of al­most 5 de­grees Fahren­heit, so when com­bined with wick­ing, this fabric might one day bring a whole new level of cool to cloth­ing.

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