Recent Advances in Thermoregulatory Clothing : Materials, Mechanisms, and Perspectives

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1803-1830
Journal / PublicationACS Nano
Issue number3
Online published2 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2023


Personal thermal management (PTM) is a promising approach for maintaining the thermal comfort zone of the human body while minimizing the energy consumption of indoor buildings. Recent studies have reported the development of numerous advanced textiles that enable PTM systems to regulate body temperature and are comfortable to wear. Herein, recent advancements in thermoregulatory clothing for PTM are discussed. These advances in thermoregulatory clothing have focused on enhancing the control of heat dissipation between the skin and the localized environment. We primarily summarize research on advanced clothing that controls the heat dissipation pathways of the human body, such as radiation- and conductance-controlled clothing. Furthermore, adaptive clothing such as dual-mode textiles, which can regulate the microclimate of the human body, as well as responsive textiles that address both thermal performance (warming and/or cooling) and wearability are discussed. Finally, we include a discussion on significant challenges and perspectives in this field, including large-scale production, smart textiles, bioinspired clothing, and AI-assisted clothing. This comprehensive review aims to further the development of sustainably manufactured advanced clothing with superior thermal performance and outstanding wearability for PTM in practical applications. © 2023 American Chemical Society.

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  • conductance controlled, dual-mode textiles, heat pathways, personal thermal management, radiation controlled, responsive textiles, thermal performance, thermoregulatory clothing

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