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Cool Textiles to Beat the Heat

Scientists have developed a 3D printable a-BN/PVA fiber for clothes that can cool you down.

Scientists have developed a 3D printable a-BN/PVA fiber for clothes that can cool you down.

December 4, 2017 | Source: R&D Magazine, rdmag.com, 8 Nov 2017, American Chemical Society

Air-conditioned buildings bring welcome relief to people coming in from the heat. But creating that comfort comes with a cost to our wallets and the environment in the form of increased energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. Now researchers report in ACS Nano the development of a new material for clothing that we could one day don as our own personal cooling unit, without any external energy needed to power it.  

We have moisture-wicking and smell-proof athletic gear, and shirts and tops coated with a chemical layer that blocks ultraviolet rays, but clothes that help cool us down have been harder to achieve.