Spectrally Selective Nanocomposite Textile for Outdoor Personal Cooling

Lili Cai, Alex Y. Song, Wei Li, Po Chun Hsu, Dingchang Lin, Peter B. Catrysse, Yayuan Liu, Yucan Peng, Jun Chen, Hongxia Wang, Jinwei Xu, Ankun Yang, Shanhui Fan, Yi Cui

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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. 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1802152
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number35
StatePublished - Aug 29 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • nanocomposite textile
  • radiation
  • spectrally selective
  • thermal management
  • zinc oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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