Celliant at RISD

As a technology company seeking to fundamentally enhance human lives through responsive textiles, we at Celliant believe in continuous innovation. We have always looked for new opportunities to explore and test our technology. The Rhode Island School of Design, a world-renowned design institution, recently invited our CEO, Seth Casden, to speak to their new advanced design class, which is focused on inventing new apparel products for the health sector.

Engaging a seminar of receptive apparel and industrial design students, Seth demonstrated how our technology works and outlined the benefits it delivers to those suffering from ailments, in addition to athletes who strive to achieve peak performance.


The advanced design class is known to be unique in providing students with hands-on projects solving complex design problems, and is co-taught by Michael Lye and Donna Gustavsen. The purpose of the class is for students to use innovative thinking to explore the intersection between textiles and medical solutions in order to solve existing problems.

Introducing Celliant

Our goal at the design seminar was to help these students understand how much of an impact they can have in the world through design, especially within the medical field. Our starting point was sharing the idea that textiles themselves have an ability to enhance the way you feel. In order to explain how, Seth shared his presentation on Celliant. A few key highlights of the presentation were:

The body emits energy (in the form of light, visible through an infrared camera). Celliant products absorb, recycle and reemit this light energy to increase oxygen in the muscle tissue. This process delivers clinically proven benefits including increased performance, shorter recovery times, and an improvement in general well being.


Responsive textiles represent a revolutionary paradigm shift. We believe that clothing should not only keep someone comfortable and look good, but also give something back to the wearer in the form of health benefits. Though skeptics of our technology exist, ample evidence shows that this evolution of harnessing the body’s own energy is already happening. For example, subways in Tokyo are being powered by human footsteps, while a hotel in Europe is generating electricity from guests who work out on pedal bikes.


Celliant is Clinically Proven to be Effective


At RISD, Seth provided many examples of how Celliant’s products work. Students were encouraged to ask questions and get to know the inner workings of our technology.

Left: A student using a bolometer, which proves that the human body is emitting infrared light. The bolometer is a sensitive device that scientists have also used to find stars in distant galaxies. Celliant absorbs and reflects the light energy that the body gives off and recycles this energy, reemitting it back to the body in a form that is beneficial to balancing circulation. Right: Seth and a student performing a grip test that demonstrates that wearing Celliant considerably increases grip strength in most people even when worn for a short period of time.


Celliant is created from 13 optically responsive minerals including quartz, alumina (to reflect light) and titanium dioxide (which absorbs UV light).  We grind it into a fine powder that is one micron thin – 100 times less than the thickness of a human hair. The powder is then added to Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) and made into a Celliant master batch. The Celliant master batch is added to a liquid polyester resin to create a fiber or yarn. The filament and spun yarns are sent to fabric makers across the world to create Celliant-powered consumer products such as apparel and bedding. This is the unique approach of our scientific process, and serves as the structure to our high-quality responsive textiles.

Left: Seth with an energy meter, which shows that the human body gives off enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb. This energy is commonly lost in the form of heat but Celliant recycles the body’s own energy to enhance tissue oxygen levels. Right: We brought along Celliant minerals and fibers and yarns for students to understand how Celliant is made.


After Seth’s  presentation, students formed into small groups to discuss how Celliant technology can enrich the medical field through textile innovation. Many of the students were focused on the way in which Celliant increases oxygen and improves circulation and were therefore interested in solutions for diabetes and those enduring extreme conditions such as high-altitudes.

Your Turn to Help:

RISD students brainstormed other medical applications that could possibly be made using Celliant; including helping burn victims and treating bedsores. What practical medical applications would you like to see for Celliant? Our team will respond to your questions and suggestions here in our blog comments.