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She created energy-efficient textiles to break our air-conditioning habit

by Abby Ohlheiser

Lili Cai

AGE: 33
AFFILIATION: UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN
COUNTRY OF BIRTH: CHINA

Lili Cai has created nanomaterial–based textiles the thickness of a normal T-shirt that can keep you warm or cool you off.

Cai’s work takes advantage of the fact that human skin strongly emits infrared radiation in a specific range of wavelengths. By manipulating the ways in which her fabrics block or transmit radiation in this band, she has produced multiple textiles that can have different effects on temperature.

Read more on technologyreview.com.

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