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Puffer jacket is solar
charged for visibility

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igh-tech apparel brand Vollebak has
released the Solar Charged Puffer, a
jacket for extreme environments that builds
on its original solar charged jacket, launched
in 2017. Pure white during the day, the jacket
glows in the dark when exposed to light,
changing from bright green to soft white
after about 12 hours. Built in layers made of
a fiber blend for extreme warmth, the jacket
is also waterproof and windproof. The core
technology is the second layer, an ultrathin
membrane just below the surface of the
jacket engineered with a phosphorescent
compound, which rapidly stores light and
re-emits it slowly. Photo: Vollebak.

Fabric blocks
electromagnetic waves

R

esearchers at Drexel University
in Philadelphia, Pa., have created
" Faraday fabrics " that can block
almost all electromagnetic (EM)
waves. The development could help
protect wearables from interference
and people from potentially dangerous
radiation. The key ingredient is a
2D material called MXene. While
electromagnetic waves are incredibly
useful, interference in the airwaves
can make connections unstable and
interrupt the function of electronic
devices. Vital components within
devices are often wrapped in shielding
materials that simply reflect the
waves. The Drexel team had previously
described how one particular MXene,
titanium carbonitride, made an
excellent EM-shielding material. It
is both incredibly thin and it absorbs
signals rather than reflecting them. In
the new study, the researchers found
the MXene shielding's use in fabrics
can block electromagnetic waves. The
research was published in the journal
Carbon. Photo: Drexel University.

Antimicrobial found effective against SARS-CoV-2

S

ciessent has announced the results of recent tests with its AgionĀ®
antimicrobial treatment. According to the company, the treatment
achieves 99.99 percent inactivation of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes
COVID-19, in lab testing of medical textiles. The testing was conducted under
ISO 18184 protocols and demonstrated that its effectiveness was maintained
even after 20 launderings. The antimicrobial can be applied to knit or woven
medical textiles as a finish, as was tested in this study, or incorporated into
the polymer itself for nonwoven textiles in a melt-blown process. Paul C.
Ford, CEO of Massachusetts-based Sciessent, says this " opens the door " for
the product's potential use in more applications, including N95 masks and
other personal protective equipment (PPE). Photo: Sciessent.
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