This New Plastic-Based Fabric Keeps You As Cool As Bare Skin

This New Plastic-Based Fabric Keeps You As Cool As Bare Skin
Design

A team of Stanford scientists believe nanoPE could ease our reliance on expensive cooling systems used in buildings

Kiran Umapathy
  • 9 september 2016

A team of scientists have developed a plastic textile that could be used to manufacture clothing, and cool people who wear it.  While many breathable and moisture-wicking fabrics are available, the new nanoporous fabric, dubbed nanoPE, adds a second dimension of cooling because it uses polyethylene, which unlike other materials, allows the body’s infrared radiation to pass through. Polyethylene is the material commonly used in plastic wrap.

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