Waterproof & Smart Fabrics Using Symmetry-Breaking Surfaces

Kripa Varanasi with Taylor Farnham, Henri Girard, Karen Gleason, Asli Katmis, Andong Liu, and Dan Soto

The current solutions for waterproof textiles are based on hydrophobic membranes or modifiers and are environmentally unfriendly. This project addresses the significant and growing need for non-wetting and breathable fabrics with a novel approach to waterproofing and the development of smart fabrics.