Solar textile collaboration weaves chemistry & design

Solar Textile

A new faculty member at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Marianne Fairbanks is bringing decades of experience with dyes, fibers and design to the development of a technology she’s been dreaming of for years: the solar textile.

“I found myself on a campus full of brilliant people of all disciplines so I just googled ‘solar research UW–Madison,’” says Fairbanks, assistant professor in the School of Human Ecology’s design studies program and co-founder of Noon Solar, a Chicago-based company that made solar-charging handbags.

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