Graphene technology goes commercial

March 1st, 2022

While graphene is recognized as one of the thinnest, lightest and most heat-conductive materials available, it has been considered too costly for commercial apparel. Reebok International Limited’s THERMOWARM + GRAPHENE sportswear collection utilizes graphene as a grid print in the garments’ most pivotal heat retention zones to absorb and retain body heat. Reebok says that […]

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Heat-conducting graphene jacket

December 1st, 2018

Part jacket. Part science experiment. That’s how the makers of a new graphene-coated jacket describe their garment. Only a single atom thick, graphene is invisible to the naked eye. It’s lightweight, highly conductive, and is the strongest material known to humankind. But graphene also comes with challenges. It’s hard to work with and very expensive […]

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Performance finishes for performance textiles

October 1st, 2018

Perhaps the people who develop textile finishings by coating or laminating could best be described as the unsung problem solvers—superheroes, even—of the textile performance world. Do they wear capes? Maybe they should—textile capes finished with performance-enhancing treatments. Problem solving is the basis of their work, as they treat textiles to enhance performance, in response to […]

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Wearable electronics technology developers, textile designers and fashion brands join forces to make smarter clothing

July 1st, 2017

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many of them were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be […]

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Graphene-coated fabrics detect dangerous gases

November 3rd, 2015

Scientists from the from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Konkuk University in the Republic of Korea have developed wearable, graphene-coated fabrics that can detect dangerous gases present in the air, alerting the wearer by turning on an LED light. The researchers coated cotton and polyester yarn with a nanoglue called bovine serum […]

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A burning interest in graphene surface coatings

April 30th, 2015

Hohenstein Institute research explores how carbon may lead to next advance in personal protective equipment. The Hohenstein Institute is exploring how a single layer of carbon just one atom thick may lead to the next advance in personal protective equipment. Graphene, made of carbon linked in a hexagon honeycomb lattice, conducts heat and electricity and […]

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