29 May '18, 12pm

NUS research team invents humidity-sucking gel that may one day replace your aircon

Much of the heat discomfort you experience in Singapore is due to humidity. Singapore’s relative humidity of 70 to 80 per cent means that sweat does not evaporate off your body quickly – leading to you feeling icky and warm. And the air just feels thicker, doesn’t it? Advertisement Now, a research team from the National University of Singapore, lead by Assistant Professor Tan Swee Ching from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has invented a hydrogel that has the ability to absorb moisture at least eight times better than commercial drying agents. An aircon replacement? And how will this ‘miracle’ gel replace expensive air-conditioning? In case you did not know this, aside from cooling air using refrigerants and pressure, air-conditioners cool the air in your house by dehumidifying it. “Unlike energy-intensive dehumidifying and air-conditioning systems, th...

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