—Yarn Gets Smart With Nanotube Coating “Coating common cotton thread with carbon nanotubes provides a simple route to electronic textiles that could be used as medical sensors” Monitoring physiological functions could someday be as easy as slipping on a T-shirt, thanks to a new method for making smart fabrics. By coating common cotton thread with carbon nanotubes, researchers have developed a simple and inexpensive route to electronic textiles (Nano Lett., DOI: 10.1021/nl801495p). The team, led by Nicholas A. Kotov of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Chuanlai Xu of China's Jiangnan University, prepared the intelligent yarn by dipping threads in a polyelectrolyte solution containing carbon nanotubes and then letting them dry.
by Bethany Halford |
November 24, 2008