Mark Boyer

An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

by , 07/08/12
filed under: Wearable Technology

T-shirt, clothesline, clothes line, cotton t-shirt, white t-shirtPhoto by Shutterstock

Researchers at the University of South Carolina have developed a technique to turn an ordinary cotton t-shirt into a supercapacitor. The team, led by Xiaodong Li, a professor of mechanical engineering, and Lihong Bao, a postdoctoral associate, soaked the shirt in fluoride solution and baked it at high temperatures, which converted the cellulose fibers into activated carbon while the material to flex without breaking. Li expects that the technique could enable us to charge portable electronic devices like cell phones.

READ MORE >

Related Posts

LEAVE A COMMENT

or your inhabitat account below

Let's make sure you're a real person:


get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?