world's first graphene jacket uses lightest, strongest, most conductive material
 

world's first graphene jacket uses lightest, strongest, most conductive material

in 2017, vollebak launched the ‘solar charged jacket’, which they justifiably claimed to be the most technologically advanced coat the world had ever seen. well, as true as that might have been, it certainly is not the case any more as the adventure gear brand has trumped itself to reveal the world’s first graphene jacket.


all images courtesy of vollebak

 

 

described as ‘part jacket, part science experiment’, vollebak’s coat is made from the lightest, strongest, most conductive material ever discovered, even winning a nobel prize in 2010. however, as the thinnest possible layer of graphite, it remains extremely difficult to work with. as such, the design blends graphene nanoplatelets with polyurethane to create an incredibly thin membrane, which is then bonded to nylon.

 

 

without adding a single gram of weight, the nylon with its graphene coating gains superlative, almost magical abilities. it conducts heat and energy to equalize the wearer’s skin temperature, sending warmth from the hottest parts to the coldest bits of the body. furthermore, it increases strength in all abrasion and puncture tests. and, finally, even though the material’s tight atomic bonds make it impermeable to nearly all gases and liquids, water molecules are an exception. it is naturally breathable so evaporates sweat, but only the polyurethane membrane offers waterproof qualities to 10,000mm.

 

 

vollebak’s graphene jacket is available to early adopters in order to trial and test the true limits of the material. the design is completely reversible – even the pockets – and looks gun-metal grey on the coated side as opposed to the matt black appearance with high-strength, high-stretch nylon on the non-graphene side.

 

 

 

  • Can you make radiation proof spacesuits and coatings for spacecraft ?

    Deirdre Race says:
  • Most conductive….should one be worried about wearing this jacket in a lightning storm? I suppose its not any more risky than waving an umbrella around, but it’s ability to distribute body heat is incredible useful (if true) for outdoor recreation. It would be tragic if you’re more likely to get struck by lightning.

    Eric says:
  • “make it impermeable to nearly all gases and liquids, water molecules are an exception. it is naturally breathable so evaporates sweat”.
    Er – how that?
    The heat conduction can also be a disadvantage if you want to keep yourself warm, but you feel cold wherever you touch the material.

    Dirk says:

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