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BBC NEWS: Turning plastic bags into clothes for sustainable fashion​

MIT NEWS: Could we recycle plastic bags into fabrics of the future? 

ACADEMIC TIMES: Cheap plastic gets second life as moisture-wicking fabric

Listen to Dr. Boriskinas presentation at the Deshpande IdeaStream 2020.

Read above a recent interview with Dr. Svetlana Boriskina in NowFashion magazine.

Congrats to the students Matteo Alberghini & Francesco Signorato - the winners of a Runner-Up Award at the 2019 MIT MechE Research Exhibit!
Dr. Boriskina has been awarded a Deshpande Center Ignition Award for the project 'Antimicrobial & easy-care performance of SmartPE polyethylene fabrics'
Conventional fabrics absorb body heat and perspiration, providing fertile ground for bacterial growth. Textile production and maintenance pollutes water with dangerous toxins, and 73% of fabrics end up in landfills. This project is developing a lightweight, recyclable, and stain-resistant SmartPE polyethylene textile, which passively regulates body temperature via control of radiation, thermal conduction, and evaporation, inhibits bacterial growth, saves energy and water during fabrication and usage, and can help to reduce and re-use plastic waste.



A team from MIT led by Research Scientist Dr. Svetlana Boriskina received a TechConnect Innovation Award for their work on developing recyclable fabrics that either allows body heat to escape in warm conditions or reflects heat back to the skin in cold conditions - MIT MechE Communications


Dr. Marcelo Lozano took part in the NSF-funded Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program to to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from our research on new wearable metamaterial textiles. The range of options inlude anti-bacterial fabrics for hospitals, passively cooling bedsheets and pillowcases, easy-clean cool-touch car seat covers, and more.


Researchers tune material’s color and thermal properties separately - MIT News

Materials to Help Beat the Heat—in Style - Optics and Photonics News

In New Material, Color and Thermal Properties Can Be Tuned Separately -

New plastic films deflect or trap heat with zero energy required - Science Daily

Black polymer films can be made cooler at a stretch - Materials Today


Svetlana Boriskina has been awarded a seed grant by the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives for a collaborative project with the Politecnico di Torino in Italy entitled “Passive Solar Cooling via Engineered Optical and Evaporation Phenomena.”


Physics: Contactless method to produce clean water - Nature Asia

Sun-soaking device turns water into superheated steam - MIT News

A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup - Science News

Sun-soaking device turns water into superheated steam: High-temperature steam might be used in remote regions to cook, clean, or sterilize medical equipment - Science Daily


Wearable Fabrics for Passive Heating and Cooling - Can Polyethylene Do Both? - MRS Meeting Scene Highlights

How next-generation fabrics will keep you cool in summer heat - MIT Technology Review

Material witness: could polythene clothes be cool? - Nature Materials News & Views

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Dr. Svetlana Boriskina has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Optical Society (OSA). The OSA mission is to promote the generation and dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics, and the members of OSA Board are elected via direct voting by 20K+ international membership. 


A full gamut of colors in all-dielectric, cheap, and large-scale artificial butterfly wings - Nanowerk Spotlight


Drastic phase changes in topologically-engineered planar absorbers improve sensitivity of optical sensors -


Energy generation from heat with a solar cell built backwards - Opli Magazine


MIT scientists invent solar-powered sponge that can boil water - Fox News

Sponge creates steam using ambient sunlight - MIT News

Solar still made of bubble wrap could purify water for the poor - Science

Bubble-wrapped sponge creates steam using sunlight - EurikaAlert!

Sponge creates steam using ambient sunlight -

Bubble wrap: the key to a new floating solar thermal system - IEEE Spectrum

Novel sponge creates steam using ambient sunlight - The Financial Express

Low-cost solar device converts sunlight to steam in dusty environment - Science Daily


Prism partyMIT winter course "Making impressions with light" OPN Image of the Week


Controlling light & heat on the nanoscale with hybrid optical-thermal antennas - Nanowerk


Taming the blackbody with thermal wells - Nanowerk

Increasing solar cell efficiency by 'heating up' 'cold' photons - Energy Harvesting Journal


Scientists harness optical tornadoes on a nanochip for sensing and energy - Nanowerk

Nano-tornadoes help overcome the limitations of nanoplasmonics - Nanowerk

Scientists harness optical tornadoes - Energy Harvesting Journal


Nanoparticle-based protein detection / Optoplasmonic superlenses  - Nanotimes

Photonic-plasmonic microcavity for ultrasensitive protein detection  -

Photonic-plasmonic microcavity detects proteins at low concentrations - AZO Optics

Photonic-plasmonic microcavity for ultrasensitive protein detection -

Photonic-plasmonic devices created by templated self-assemblyJ. Phys. Chem. Lett. Editorial


Nanostructures: Aperiodic arrays - Nature Photonics News & Views