Last Updated on July 22, 2022 by admin
Graphene has been called one of the most innovative materials on the planet. Its isolation and discovery in 2004 earned the scientists responsible a Nobel Prize and put this nanomaterial in the spotlight for designers and developers to utilize. If you’re wondering what graphene is, don’t worry, it’s actually pretty simple. The material is composed of carbon atoms, the same sort found in pencil leads (graphite) and diamonds. However, unlike the compositions of graphite and diamond, which are three-dimensional, graphene is a two-dimensional hexagonal lattice. This means that the material is essentially one atom thick, which changes some of its chemical and physical properties.
While you might think that a one-atom-thick material cannot possibly be strong or durable enough, graphene has been shown to be quite the opposite. The powerful bonds between the atoms in the lattice give graphene unparalleled strength relative to its weight. The largely two-dimensional appearance also gives graphene an enormous surface-to-volume ratio, perfect for a wide range of industries. For example, the material can conduct electricity and heat with minimal losses and has been proposed to become the next major part of future batteries and power cells.
At present, the primarily industrial uses of graphene mean that the public rarely gets in contact with the material on a daily basis. That was the case until graphene became a significant innovation in the fashion industry. Modern crosses between tech and fashion have resulted in the infusion of graphene into other fabrics, imbuing traditional clothing with the nanomaterial’s superpowers. One such example is the GAMMA jacket, a new heated jacket from Wear Graphene that has received overwhelming support in its crowdfunding campaign.
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The GAMMA jacket uses graphene-infused nylon to deliver a more capable all-climate jacket than ever seen before. The graphene within the fabric allows for unprecedented durability against regular wear and tear, scrapes, and even knife cuts. While nylon is a durable and long-lasting fabric on its own, it is the added graphene layer that really adds to this jacket’s longevity. This apparel item can potentially last a lifetime with little care and attention.
Graphene also gives the jacket heat conductivity. In colder months, it can redistribute the wearer’s body heat, shielding them from the outside air. As if that isn’t enough, the jacket also has built-in heaters around the torso to provide that extra burst of heating prowess within minutes. The heaters work via any compatible power bank and are fully water-resistant. During warmer months, the jacket acts as a moisture-wicking windbreaker, diverting any sweat and excess heat away from the wearer.
Graphene inclusion improves nylon’s regular impermeability to air, water, and other particles. This allows the jacket to withstand harsh winds and repels dust, debris, and spills, which also eliminates any unseemly odors. On the off chance that the jacket becomes dirty, it is machine washable, so there’s no need to worry about spoiling a cherished piece of clothing.
While the jacket boasts graphene-infused superpowers, it is also stylish enough to belong in pretty much anybody’s wardrobe. Since the garment is primarily black with minor off-gray details, it can match any clothing item and create a distinct look that transcends trends. The jacket’s figure-hugging form adds to its appeal since it doesn’t bulk you up unnecessarily or impede your movement.
Another one of the jacket’s winning points is the multifunctional pocket system. Thanks to the properties of the graphene-nylon material, the all-season jacket is just over a pound, so no amounts of accessories are likely to weigh the wearer down. The jacket has 10 pockets all around, most of which are equipped with zippers and tucked away to protect the wearer’s valuables.
Based on the initial response to the graphene jacket, it’s safe to say that this material stands a chance to one day become a staple in the clothing industry. With your support, more designers will get the opportunity to try their hands on graphene-infused materials in the future.
If you want to learn more about the GAMMA jacket and follow the company behind it, visit www.weargraphene.com. It looks set to become one of the innovators to follow for all things apparel. Perhaps a fashionable and indestructible pair of graphene pants are next on the agenda?