Smart Textiles & Nanotechnology
By David L. Chandler, MIT
New MIT-developed materials are making it possible to produce photovoltaic cells on paper or fabric, nearly as simply as printing a document.
The sheet of paper looks like any other document that might have just come spitting out of an office printer, with an array of coloured rectangles printed over much of its surface. But then a researcher picks it up, clips a couple of wires to one end,
Following the recent launch from Schoeller Textil AG, the company's energear technology will now be available commencing summer 2011 under licence from group company Schoeller Technologies.
energear is a recently launched novel textile technology from the Austrian textile innovator, that is said to ensure that the wearer's energy is reflected back to the body bringing health and fitness benefits. A print version (paste
FibeRio Technology Corporation has announced it has been selected by the editors of R&D Magazine as a winner of the 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards. The accolade recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year.
FibeRio's rapid development and launch of the Cyclone L-1000 product line incorporating Forcespinning technology for nanofibre pr
Theme day: Intelligent textiles for physical training, therapy and safety
Readers wanting to learn more about intelligent textiles that can:
Integrate physical training into everyday life
Increase safety at festivals
Can sign up for this theme day in the interest group for intelligent textiles. According to the organisers, attendees will gain insight into the latest breakthroughs within IT-enhanced textiles and get the opportunity to meet other comp
What would it take to make a manned mission to Mars a reality? A team of aerospace and textile engineering students from North Carolina State University believe part of the solution may lie in advanced textile materials.
The students joined forces to tackle life-support challenges that the aerospace industry has been grappling with for decades.
"One of the big issues, in terms of a manned mission to Mars, is creating living quar
Polyester fibre and fabrics producer Teijin Fibers announced today that it has developed a new stain-resistant polyester fabric that offers, both water absorption to eliminate stickiness and oil repellence to resist oil-based soiling.
According to Teijin, the key to the breakthrough was the company's leveraging of proprietary fibre processing and nanotechnologies to succeed in covering the fibre surface with a 100-nanometer coating that consists of separate hydrophilic and oi
Techtextil, the world's primary event for generating business between manufacturers and users of technical textiles and nonwovens has extended its industry leading position with more than 24,500 visitors from 96 countries attending last month's Techtextil 2011 in Frankfurt. Visitors saw a host of innovations presented by 1207 exhibitors from 50 countries.
"This is a great success from both the national and internati
High-tech Belgian monofilaments producer Luxilon Industries NV has developed an award winning cooling monofilament yarn which can cause the surface of fabrics to cool by up to 3.7°C. Luxicool was developed in conjunction with French knitted fabrics producer Sofileta SAS and was awarded an Avantex Innovation Prize in the Comfort + Function category for ‘Luxicool Performing Yarn in Sofileta Cooling Fabrics.'
Luxicool is a patented and trade mark registered cooling monofilam
"Imagine plugging a USB port into a sheet of paper, and turning it into a tablet computer." It might be a stretch, but ideas like this have researchers at North Carolina State University examining the use of conductive nanocoatings on simple textiles - like woven cotton or even a sheet of paper.
"Normally, conductive nanocoatings are applied to inorganic materials like silicon. If we can find a way to apply them to textiles - cheap, flexible materials with a contorted
The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.
"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary app