Turning old clothes into multifunctional cotton aerogels

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Turning old clothes into multifunctional cotton aerogels

26 January 2018



Image: (From left) Assoc Prof Duong Hai Minh and Prof Phan-Thien Nhan with the cotton aerogels

A team of researchers from NUS Mechanical Engineering have found new use for old clothes. Led by Assoc Prof Hai Minh Duong and Prof Nhan Phan-Thien, the research team has successfully turned disused cotton fabrics into highly compressible and ultralight weight cotton aerogels that are multifunctional.  The cotton aerogels can be used to keep military water bottles cold, as well as control of rapid bleeding caused by gunshot wounds or other deeply penetrating wounds which can be life-threatening.

(Straits Times article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nus-team-finds-new-purpose-for-old-clothes)