Eco Factor: Nanotubes infused with powdered boron and magnesium to produce electricity for portable electronic devices.
A team of researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a new technique to spin yarns out of powders such as boron and magnesium. The research could eventually be used to create wearable power supplies that can recharge portable electronic devices. Powders are important functional materials because they have a high surface area, but they are difficult to use without any form.
The research team at the University of Texas at Dallas have developed a technique whereby spraying a web of nanotubes with the powder allows it to be twisted into a yarn. These nano-yarns could be used to produce self-cleaning materials or energy generating clothes.