FOR JUST $695, YOU CAN GET A
TASTE OF THE JACKET OF THE FUTURE.
BY JESUS DIAZ
The jacket, which
Vollebak considers a
prototype, plays down
ability to conduct
electricity, but Vollebak hopes tinkerers
will find ways to rework it to, for example, charge a phone
simply by placing
it in the pocket. The
company wants to
a souped-up version
of the jacket.
Thanks to its hexagonal molecular
can conduct heat
in unusual ways.
Vollebak says the
jacket will pull heat
from your body
to equalize your
work like a radiator,
storing warmth from
other sources. The
material halts bacteria buildup and disperses humidity.
Full Mineral Jacket
Vollebak worked with
a team of outside scientists to turn raw
graphite into stacks of
graphene that were
blended with polyurethane to create a
membrane. That was
then bonded to nylon
to form the jacket’s
The company laser-cut the reversible
panels and glued
them together to use
as much of the costly
fabric as possible.
London-based adventure-wear maker Vollebak is known for
technical innovation. Its latest accomplishment: creating a jacket
out of the so-called “miracle material” graphene. This thin, strong,
and versatile form of graphite can conduct heat and electricity—
properties that could revolutionize everything from aerospace to
medicine. “Graphene remains extremely diffcult to work with,
incredibly expensive to produce, and very hard to make in large
quantities,” Vollebak cofounder Steve Tidball says. “Even two years
ago this jacket would have been impossible to make.”
INDES TRUCTIBLE WHEELS
Wheelchair maker Küschall is using
graphene to make a chair that’s
30% lighter and 20% tougher than
classic carbon ones.
Other Graphene-Fueled Innovations
University of Central Lancashire
engineers made a prototype
of a plane covered in graphene to
reduce its weight.
BET TER BATTERIES
Graphene batteries could decrease
charging time for electric vehicles
from hours to just fve minutes.
PHOTOGRAPH BY GRAHAM POLLACK December 2018/January 2019 18 FASTCOMPANY.COM