professors Researchers make breakthrough with phone charging t shirt

Researchers have created a t-shirt that can store electricity and be used to charge mobile phones and other portable devices.

Researchers have created a t-shirt that can store electricity and be used to charge mobile phones and other portable devices.

 
A duo at the University of South Carolina, Professor Xiaodong Li and researcher Lihong Bao, managed to convert a cheap t-shirt bought at a discount store into a wearable power source.
 
The t-shirt was soaked in flouride, dried and then baked in an oxygen-free room at a high temperature, which changed the fabric from cellulose to activated carbon, without damaging the flexibility of the material.
 
professors Researchers make breakthrough with phone charging t shirt
 
The result is that the fabric could be used as a capacitor, which can store an electrical charge. The outcome was further enhanced by coating the fibres with manganese oxide, resulting in what Li called a “stable, high-performing supercapacitor.”
 
The professor said that when these are stacked together they could be used to charge phones and tablet computers, making clothing that little bit more useful than it currently is.
 
Of course, the potential downside is the unknown risks of wearing “charged” clothing. Electric shock is one possibility that will need to be addressed, made even more problematic when considering what might happen if the fabric gets wet. If these concerns were addressed, however, we might be plugging into our t-shirts and jeans instead of the wall sockets.
 
Source: BBC
Image Credit: University of South Carolina