If you are interested in fashion, you should find out how the clothes of the future will look like, and those who will provide you with information will be the scientists. They have new info on a special type of material which can be used for designing clothes. What is so special about it is that it can keep us cool and safe against high temperatures. In other words, we will have cool futuristic clothes
The researchers at Stanford University, California have achieved a great goal: they have invented a piece of fabric with unique properties. It is a polyethylene fabric, and it can reject heat from the Sun in hot summer days. Clothes made of this kind of material can keep your body cool.
The material for the futuristic clothes may be familiar to you, as it is the same used for cling film and kitchen wraps. Its’ special property is that it doesn’t capture infrared radiation, but it allows it to pass through. Infrared radiations are responsible for the heat.
However, there is a concern about polyethylene. It is transparent, and, as such, it cannot be used to make clothes out of it. The scientists came up with an idea of turning the material opaque. They wrapped a layer of cotton between two layers of polyethylene. They also tested the invention on a material similar to human skin, because they were curious about the interaction with infrared radiations.
The combination of polyethylene and cotton turned out to be efficient. It also proved itself to be better than simple cotton clothes worn on hot summer days. This is evidence for the scientists that the material can be used to create clothes meant to cool people’s bodies and help them save energy.
Scientists who were not involved in the study are amazed by the results. Nanoengineering specialist Svetlana Boriskana (Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge) is one of them. She also thinks that there are other ways of achieving this goal. She gave the example of the Saharan silver ant, whose hairs could have a similar effect. So clothes made of this ant’s hairs could reject heat just like the polyethylene clothes. Saharan silver ants use their hairs to protect themselves from sunlight and diffuse the heat.
Although the scientists are confident about the method, cool futuristic clothes will be produced only later on.
An article about these recent findings was published in Science, on September 2.
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