"Advanced Textiles for Personal Thermal Management and Energy"

Yucan Peng: Yi Cui; Joule, 04/01/20.

Additional Authors: Yi Cui


Summary: To realize improved human body thermal comfort and reduce energy consumption on building heating and cooling, personal thermal management emphasizing energy management of human body and its local environment is emerging as a promising solution. Advanced textiles are being invented and developed to effectively regulate heat exchange between human body and its surroundings. Here, recent progress on advanced textiles for personal thermal management and its significance in energy efficiency are reviewed. We will mainly discuss textiles with engineered properties targeting at passively controlling human body heat dissipation routes, the active warming and/or cooling textiles, and the responsive textiles that offer adaptive personal thermal management ability according to the external stimuli. An outlook discussing important challenges and opportunities in this field is also presented.