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IRCool Textiles Internship

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Positions: Technology Development Intern
Location: Stanford, CA
Innovation Area: Energy Efficiency
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

IRCool Textiles is developing radiative cooling fabrics based on photonic structure textiles. Our unique fabrics allow radiative heat emitted by the human body to dissipate efficiently and cool the body more effectively than conventional fabrics. This technology applies pioneering radiative cooling textile research initiated at Stanford, which resulted in the first experimental demonstrations of radiative cooling using textiles, and the first knitted/woven textiles with enhanced cooling performance based on radiative heat transfer. We are now working to bring this innovative cooling textile technology to the next level of commercialization.


The intern will work on a wide range of technology development tasks:

  • Develop design automation tools to enable new fabric prototyping
  • Work with our team to characterize fabric samples
  • Create procedures for analyzing fabric characterization data

Who Should Apply

Engineering, Applied Physics, and Material Science students enthusiastic about novel textile technology with applications in energy conservation through local thermal management

Required Expertise

  • Knowledge of basic optical properties (transmission, reflection, absorption, …)
  • Knowledge of radiative/non-radiative (conductive, convective, latent) heat transfer
  • Experience with UV-VIS and FTIR spectroscopy, thermal measurements
  • Experience with mathematical software (e.g., MATLAB, Mathematica) for analysis

Preferred Skills/Major

Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Familiarity with textile fabrication (yarn production, fabric formation, weaving, knitting, …)