Fabric makes urban heat islands more bearable

pochunhsu lab 09 croppedResearchers from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering have detailed a new wearable fabric that can help urban residents survive the worst impacts of sweltering heat caused by global climate change, with applications in clothing, building and car design, and food storage.

In tests under the Arizona sun, the material kept 2.3°C cooler than the broadband emitter fabric used for outdoor endurance sports and 8.9°C cooler than the commercial silk commonly used for shirts, dresses and other summer clothing.

For the full story, see the July 2024 edition of Smart Textiles & Wearables.


Photo: John Zich/UChicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering