Wear a T-shirt to charge mobiles!

July 12, 2012 18:56
Wear a T-shirt to charge mobiles!

Sounds interesting a T-shirt to keep you hassle free from mobile charging. Mostly we carry our chargers on the move to recharge our mobiles. Bu t a few scientists University of South Carolina have found a way to use a cheap T-shirt to store electrical power, which could pave the way for clothes that are able to charge phones and other devices.

Experts predict that new technologies including roll-up smartphones and laptops will be on the market soon.  Xiaodong Li, the professor behind the project said that these developments would spur on the need for "flexible energy storage."  Li, a professor of mechanical engineering at the university teamed up with post-doctorate researcher Lihong Bao to find a solution. They used a T-shirt bought from a local discount store, which was soaked in a solution of fluoride, dried and then baked in an oxygen-free environment at high temperature. The fibres in the fabric converted from cellulose to activated carbon during the process, but the material remained flexible.

By using small parts of the fabric as an electrode, the researchers showed that the material could be made to act as a capacitor. Capacitors store an electrical charge and are components of nearly every electronic device on the market. By coating the individual fibres of the carbonised fabric with manganese oxide just a nanometre thick, the electrode performance of the fabric was further enhanced.

The findings is surely to lead us to electrical clothing that will enable one to charge mobiles and laptops on the move. Officially this was published in the Advanced Materials journal.(With inputs from internet- AW AarKay)


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