Indian-origin student designs sweatshirt that keeps the body cool

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A 17-year-old Indian origin student is designing a revolutionary sweatshirt that has the ability to keep the body cool and turn perspiration to power.

It is a known fact that during workouts and while playing sports the sweat generated dries up to produce a cooling effect on the body. Rohit Nemani is using this very science to create a new sweatshirt for athletes.

Nemani, who has been in Cox Mill High School varsity’s cross-country team for three years, came up with the idea for the sweatshirt during a regular running session. He said that sweat is not just water but it has salts that get electrically charged when they come in contact with an electrode. Nemani’s plan is to weave electrodes into the fabric so the body salts can generate electricity.

But that’s not all.

The 17-year-old also plans to use the electricity to power a cooling fabric that he wants to put into the body of the sweatshirt. When the cooling fabric will receive power, it will pull up the sweat from the skin, spread out evenly and increase the amount of water that evaporates to keep an athlete cool. However, when the body cools down, the power to the fabric will be turned off.

Jesse Jur at North Carolina State University in Raleigh helped Nemani in is work by letting him use his equipment that printed carbon and attached zinc washers onto the fabric.

As of now, Nemani has managed to build one sleeve. He hopes to weave the active-cooling fabric into a full prototype sweatshirt soon.
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