Graphene may enhance smart fabric viability

January 2nd, 2019

A team at the University of Exeter’s engineering department has developed a new technique that may make incorporating electronic fibers into clothing an everyday manufacturing occurrence. It’s anticipated that graphene, known as the thinnest material on the planet, could make that possible. By weaving graphene-based fibers directly into the fabric, researches are eliminating the need […]

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Enhanced silk as strong as carbon fiber developed

October 5th, 2017

Scientists led by Nicola Pugno at Italy's University of Trento have combined spider silk with graphene and carbon nanotubes, producing a composite material five times stronger. Innovation Textiles reports that silk incorporating graphene and carbon nanotubes is produced by spider spinning, after feeding spiders with water containing the nanotubes. Although only produced on a small […]

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Solar-powered “skin” developed

April 7th, 2017

A new way of harnessing the sun’s rays to power synthetic “skin” could help create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. According to a report in Energy Harvesting Journal, engineers from the University of Glasgow have already employed graphene in an electronic covering for prosthetic hands; now those engineers […]

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Nature mimicked in new graphene material

January 20th, 2017

Graphene is thought to be the strongest 2-D material on earth. Recently a research team at MIT used heat and pressure to compress flakes of graphene to create a new 3-D material. The new material has 5 percent the density of steel but 10 times the strength. The process produced a form similar to corals […]

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Stronger possibilities

January 20th, 2017

Carbon nanofibers and graphene can play a role in constructing Space habitats using robotics. The use of robotically-assisted additive manufacturing involving a mixture of carbon nanofibers, graphene and other polymer nanocomposites will allow the construction of lightweight and impervious sealant barriers, ultra-strong supports, airlocks and even bulkheads for future Space habitats and colonies within dormant […]

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Girl’s bandage breakthrough wins $15,000

October 7th, 2016

Anushka Naiknaware, a seventh-grader from Beaverton, Ore., finished in the top eight in an international science contest run by Google for her invention: a bandage that can tell doctors when it needs to be changed, thus speeding healing. According to a report in the Oregonian, Naiknaware’s bandage is embedded with extremely small monitors that let medical […]

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Graphene-enhanced sportswear launched

February 5th, 2016

Italian sportswear brand Colmar has launched a sportswear collection containing Graphene Plus, made by Directa Plus, a producer of graphene-based products based in Italy. This is the first application of Graphene Plus nanotechnology in sportswear. Graphene, an innovative nanotech material derived from graphite, significantly improves performance for the benefit of athletes, professionals and sports enthusiasts. […]

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Graphene-coated “e-fabrics” detect noxious gases

October 23rd, 2015

Scientists in 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, from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, a non-profit Korean government-funded research organization, and Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea, coated cotton and polyester yarn with a […]

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Will graphene disrupt the textile industry?

August 21st, 2015

Graphene discussions prominent in Ideas for Change Conference. During the 20th century, new textile polymers, chemicals and manufacturing methods came thick and fast—until 2005, when the WTO (World Trade Organization) dismantled the tariff system for textiles, and the race to ever-cheaper manufacturing provided little incentive for R&D in consumer textiles. Today, textile innovation is being […]

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Study anticipates growth for graphene

July 16th, 2015

In a new report—“Graphene and 2D Materials: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2015-2025”—United Kingdom’s IDTechEx Research says the graphene market has the potential to reach nearly $200 million by 2026. Revenues currently are dominated by sales of small-volume but high-priced research samples, the report says. Suppliers are, however, aggressively building sales pipelines across many application sectors, […]

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