BRADEN LI
AFFiB, Finalist 2018
North Carolina State University, Ph.D. 2021
Braden is the man behind project AFFiB (Advanced Functional Fiber Batteries), competing as the only individual Finalist during the 2018 SASEtank competition.

WHY ARE YOU COMPETING IN SASETANK?
I saw SASEtank as a chance to develop an idea I’m really passionate about. Not only is the competition a wonderful opportunity to ideate and develop business models, but I can utilize the research I conduct in the NEXT (Nano-EXtended Textiles) Research Group to turn these wearable technology products into a reality. As a bonus, I can win some money in the process.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROJECT.
AFFiB (Advanced Functional Fiber Batteries) aims to develop novel fiber-based battery technologies, tackling key challenges that we face in order to power consumer smart textile products. Current battery technologies for smart textile products are expensive, non-washable, and cumbersome. AFFiB's solution to this problem provides inexpensive fiber batteries that can be seamlessly knitted or woven to power smart textile products. AFFiB's technology will drive down the cost and increase the market adoption of smart textiles products for various industries.

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