Sponge-like fabric may increase access to water in deserts

02/10/2013 | SciDev.net

A team of scientists say they've created a piece of fabric that can collect water from fog and release the liquid when conditions are warmer, according to findings published in Advanced Materials. Researchers coated a piece of cotton fabric with the polymer PNIPAAm, creating sponge-like material. The fabric could be used to increase freshwater access in desert environments, though experts say more work is needed before they can commercialize the material.

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