This week, I welcome Dr. Francesco Fornasiero on the show to discuss some his research in developing a composite material that makes military uniforms breathable and could protect soldiers from biological and chemical agents.
Dr. Fornasiero will discuss his team’s work at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in fabricating flexible polymeric membranes with aligned carbon nanotube channels as moisture conductive pores. The size of these pores is 5,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. This material is the first key component of futuristic smart uniforms that also will respond to and protect soldiers and civilians from environmental chemical hazards.
Dr. Fornasiero is on the research staff of the Biosciences and Biotechnology Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has a mission of strengthening the United States’ security through development and application of world-class science and technology to:
- Enhance the nation’s defense.
- Reduce the global threat from terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.
- And respond with vision, quality, integrity and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.
You can read more about the research by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory by visiting https://www.llnl.gov.