Gerd Duscher News

Engineering Professors Earn Honorable Mention in “Create the Future” Competition

Two College of Engineering faculty members have received an honorable mention for their entry in the 2013 “Create the Future” sustainable-technology design contest. Their patent-pending design is for an ultra-light, high-efficiency solar fiber, with the aim of creating fabric and clothing that would convert light into energy.

Engineering Professors Enter “Create the Future” Design Contest

Imagine a material that could make most everything around you more energy efficient. Its development is underway at UT. Ramki Kalyanaraman and Gerd Duscher, associate professors in the Department of Materials Science are designing an ultra-light, high-efficiency solar fiber with the aim of creating fabric and clothing that would convert light into energy. Metal filaments within the fibers allow the energy to be sent to batteries or other devices.