Graphene-Enabled Adaptive Infrared Textiles

M. Said Ergoktas, Gokhan Bakan, Pietro Steiner, Cian Bartlam, Yury Malevich, Elif Ozden-Yenigun, Guanliang He, Nazmul Karim, Pietro Cataldi, Mark Bissett, Ian Kinloch, Konstantin Novoselov, Coskun Kocabas

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Interactive clothing requires sensing and display functionalities to be embedded on textiles. Despite the significant progress of electronic textiles, the integration of optoelectronic materials on fabrics remains as an outstanding challenge. In this Letter, using the electro-optical tunability of graphene, we report adaptive optical textiles with electrically controlled reflectivity and emissivity covering the infrared and near-infrared wavelengths. We achieve electro-optical modulation by reversible intercalation of ions into graphene layers laminated on fabrics. We demonstrate a new class of infrared textile devices including display, yarn, and stretchable devices using natural and synthetic textiles. To show the promise of our approach, we fabricated an active device directly onto a t-shirt which enables long-wavelength infrared communication via modulation of the thermal radiation from the human body. The results presented here, provide complementary technologies which could leverage the ubiquitous use of functional textiles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5346-5352
Number of pages7
JournalNano Letters
Issue number7
Early online date18 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2020


  • Infrared emissivity
  • graphene
  • optoelectronics
  • thermal camoflage
  • functional textile


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