DoD Problem: Soldiers operating for prolonged periods in uncontrolled environments can face microbial threats, hazardous radiation, hygiene issues and limited supplies of electricity for powering equipment.
Solution: Development of advanced UV-radiation and microbial protective self-cleansing fabric with integrated, flexible dye-sensitized solar cells for instant power generation capability.
1) Biocompatible nanoparticle-impregnated fabric was prepared that showed marked anti-microbial and self-cleansing properties; (2) the fabric showed good stability over time and surface morphology thorough incorporation of the metallic nanoparticles; (3) TiO2 coated carbon nanoyarn for use in fabric-integrated with 3D power cells has been developed and characterized.
Contact Information: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, PI: Mohammed J. Uddin PhD
“The project and its developed product show great promise for its intended purpose.” – Dr. Erin M Durke, ECBC Scientist