New textile could keep you cool in the heat, warm in the cold

Phys.org  April 1, 2020 Researchers in China freeze-spun silk and chitosan, a material from the hard outer skeleton of shellfish, into colored fibers with porous microstructures. They filled the pores with polyethylene glycol (PEG), a phase-changing polymer that absorbs and releases thermal energy. The threads were coated with polydimethylsiloxane to keep the liquid PEG from leaking out. The resulting fibers were strong, flexible, and water-repellent. To test the fibers, the researchers wove them into a patch of fabric and put inside a polyester glove. When a person wearing the glove placed their hand in a hot chamber (122°F), the solid […]