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Title: Spectrally Selective Nanocomposite Textile for Outdoor Personal Cooling

Abstract

Outdoor heat stress poses a serious public health threat and curtails industrial labor supply and productivity, thus adversely impacting the wellness and economy of the entire society. With climate change, there will be more intense and frequent heat waves that further present a grand challenge for sustainability. However, an efficient and economical method that can provide localized outdoor cooling of the human body without intensive energy input is lacking. Here, a novel spectrally selective nanocomposite textile for radiative outdoor cooling using zinc oxide nanoparticle–embedded polyethylene is demonstrated. By reflecting more than 90% solar irradiance and selectively transmitting out human body thermal radiation, this textile can enable simulated skin to avoid overheating by 5–13 °C compared to normal textile like cotton under peak daylight condition. In conclusion, owing to its superior passive cooling capability and compatibility with large–scale production, this radiative outdoor cooling textile is promising to widely benefit the sustainability of society in many aspects spanning from health to economy.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
  2. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
OSTI Identifier:
1476139
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1460588
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-76SF00515
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Advanced Materials
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 30; Journal Issue: 35; Journal ID: ISSN 0935-9648
Publisher:
Wiley
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; nanocomposite textile; radiation; spectrally selective; thermal management; zinc oxide

Citation Formats

Cai, Lili, Song, Alex Y., Li, Wei, Hsu, Po -Chun, Lin, Dingchang, Catrysse, Peter B., Liu, Yayuan, Peng, Yucan, Chen, Jun, Wang, Hongxia, Xu, Jinwei, Yang, Ankun, Fan, Shanhui, and Cui, Yi. Spectrally Selective Nanocomposite Textile for Outdoor Personal Cooling. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1002/adma.201802152.
Cai, Lili, Song, Alex Y., Li, Wei, Hsu, Po -Chun, Lin, Dingchang, Catrysse, Peter B., Liu, Yayuan, Peng, Yucan, Chen, Jun, Wang, Hongxia, Xu, Jinwei, Yang, Ankun, Fan, Shanhui, & Cui, Yi. Spectrally Selective Nanocomposite Textile for Outdoor Personal Cooling. United States. doi:10.1002/adma.201802152.
Cai, Lili, Song, Alex Y., Li, Wei, Hsu, Po -Chun, Lin, Dingchang, Catrysse, Peter B., Liu, Yayuan, Peng, Yucan, Chen, Jun, Wang, Hongxia, Xu, Jinwei, Yang, Ankun, Fan, Shanhui, and Cui, Yi. Tue . "Spectrally Selective Nanocomposite Textile for Outdoor Personal Cooling". United States. doi:10.1002/adma.201802152. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1476139.
@article{osti_1476139,
title = {Spectrally Selective Nanocomposite Textile for Outdoor Personal Cooling},
author = {Cai, Lili and Song, Alex Y. and Li, Wei and Hsu, Po -Chun and Lin, Dingchang and Catrysse, Peter B. and Liu, Yayuan and Peng, Yucan and Chen, Jun and Wang, Hongxia and Xu, Jinwei and Yang, Ankun and Fan, Shanhui and Cui, Yi},
abstractNote = {Outdoor heat stress poses a serious public health threat and curtails industrial labor supply and productivity, thus adversely impacting the wellness and economy of the entire society. With climate change, there will be more intense and frequent heat waves that further present a grand challenge for sustainability. However, an efficient and economical method that can provide localized outdoor cooling of the human body without intensive energy input is lacking. Here, a novel spectrally selective nanocomposite textile for radiative outdoor cooling using zinc oxide nanoparticle–embedded polyethylene is demonstrated. By reflecting more than 90% solar irradiance and selectively transmitting out human body thermal radiation, this textile can enable simulated skin to avoid overheating by 5–13 °C compared to normal textile like cotton under peak daylight condition. In conclusion, owing to its superior passive cooling capability and compatibility with large–scale production, this radiative outdoor cooling textile is promising to widely benefit the sustainability of society in many aspects spanning from health to economy.},
doi = {10.1002/adma.201802152},
journal = {Advanced Materials},
number = 35,
volume = 30,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {7}
}

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Figure 1 Figure 1: a) Schematic illustrating the heat input and output pathways of the human body under sunlight in outdoor environment. b) Schematic of the ZnO nanoparticle-embedded nanoporous PE textile, designed for radiative outdoor cooling by reflecting sunlight and transmitting human body thermal radiation. c) Spectra comparison of AM l .SGmore » solar irradiation[10] and human body thermal radiation simulated using Planck's law at the skin temperature of 34 °C,[11] showing that they have marginal overlapping of the wavelength range.« less

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