Researchers are working on a new fabric that can change color in response to a chemical attack. What’s more, it can even absorb and decompose the deadly agents.
Made from cotton, the smart textile is seen as a natural for military clothing, though scientists stress it could also be used in civilian populations where the risk of terrorism runs high. They envision application in a wide range of apparel and textiles, everything from gloves to pants to blankets.
Backed by the U.S. Army Research Office, funding for this project has run out. Scientists are now pursuing other avenues of support.