Svetlana V. Boriskina, PhD




Mechanical Engineering Department

Massachusetts Institute of Technology












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Last updated: 25 Oct 2018

Fabrics & Wearables

Humans worked on improving wearable technologies since the dawn of the civilization. Yet, warm clothes are still bulky, while actively cooling apparel requires embedded wiring and batteries. In contrast, thermal fabrics pioneered at MIT passively control infrared thermal radiation from the skin. This control makes possible both cooling without breaking a sweat and heating without uncomfortable metal layers. These fabrics provide high level of comfort, light weight, breathability, moisture wicking, and fast drying functionalities. They can be manufactured via standard industrial processes for use in everyday clothes, headwear, tents, bedding, bandages, gloves and face masks.

MIT-patented technology:


S.V. Boriskina, H. Zandavi, B. Song, Y. Huang, G. Chen, "Heat is the new light," Optics and Photonics News, 28(11) 26-33, 2017.

S.V. Boriskina, A.V. Boriskin, H. Qu, M. Skorobogatiy, D. Simpson, R. Osgood, "Optics on the go," Optics and Photonics News, 28(9) 34-41, 2017.

S.V. Boriskina, "Nanoporous fabrics could keep you cool," Science, 353(6303) 986-987, 2016.

S.V. Boriskina, J.K. Tong, W.-C. Hsu, B. Liao, Y. Huang, V. Chiloyan, G. Chen, "Heat meets light on the nanoscale," Nanophotonics, 2016, DOI: 10.1515/nanoph-2016-0010.

J.K. Tong, X. Huang, S.V. Boriskina, J. Loomis, Y. Xu, G. Chen, "Infrared-transparent visible-opaque fabrics for wearable personal thermal management," ASC Photonics, 2 (6), pp 769–778, 2015.


DOD, via US Army NSRDEC & MIT Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, ‘Thermal management of fibers and films – smart textile platforms for heating, cooling, and signature’ 2018-2021 (S.V. Boriskina PI)