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Carbon Nanotube Cloth as a Protective Suit

Posted February 12, 2015 12:00 AM by CR4 Guest Author

The field of nanotechnology is vast and we are talking about a new feather in its cap: carbon nanotube cloth. As the name itself suggests, it is some kind of wearable item. One application is to protect soldiers in the battlefield.

A suit constructed of carbon nanotube cloth is made by embedding carbon nanotubes with cotton fiber. The cotton strands are dipped in a special material called nafion polymer. Then they are dipped in a black solution which contains the nanotubes.

Special care is taken in designing as the suit needs to be very robust, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. But why are carbon tubes used?

  • They have exceptional thermal conductivity, electrical and mechanical properties.
  • Sensors and gadgets can be installed on the suit.
  • They provide freedom of movement.
  • They are non-corrosive.

Let's talk about one of many applications. Sensors in the cloth can detect albumin and can send information to another location. This would alert someone of an injury when the wearer of the suit is bleeding.

This suit finds another application in its defence ability in wake of a chemical war. It can protect wearers from a lethal gas like Sarin that was used in 1995 Tokyo Subway attack.

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02/12/2015 2:20 PM

What (if any) effects could be expected from airborne nanotube particulates inhaled into the lungs?

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02/13/2015 10:07 AM

Can they make hats out of it? That way we can ditch our tin foil!

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