Nanowire Fabrics For Thermal Protection in the Military

AZo Materials – Research Bioengineers at the United States Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts have recently developed fabrics that are embedded with nanofibers and hydrogel particles. Nanofiber clothing based on these fabrics have the potential to keep soldiers warm and comfortable when they are working in colder climates.

This work is based on research originally conducted at Stanford University in California, where the Researchers developed a cotton fabric embedded with a network of very fine silver nanowires that could heat up when electric power is supplied to the wires. The fabric made of nanofibers and hydrogels developed by Phil Gibson and Calvin Lee for military purposes was presented at the 254th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society1.

If this concept is successfully translated into making thermal protective clothing for soldiers in colder environments, it could increase their mobility, as well as facilitate temperature adjustment on their clothing that is compatible with their specific environment.

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