The Advanced Textile Research Group exhibited prototypes, had a tour of labs, and discussed product development at the ‘Size Matters: Exploring the Future of Nano Science’ event, at Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus on 29th September 2015. The event was organised by LATI: http://lati.org.uk/author/latiadmin/
‘In 2015, LATi and Nottingham Trent University formed a collaborative partnership designed to encourage collaboration between LATi members and NTU staff, students and business partners.’ http://lati.org.uk/page/2/
The presentations included one from Richard Price of Pragmatic, seen here second from left in the photo on the right. Pragmatic produce flexible integrated circuits that can overcome cost and size limitations of conventional silicon chips:
Innovations in electronic textiles are guided by the requirements of industry. This ensures that developments can happen in a wide range of areas such as clothing for athletes and development of wound dressings. There are also many possibilities for the use of electronic textiles within vehicle interiors. When the Advanced Textile Research Group met with industry partners and colleagues from the University of Southampton, safety overshoes were on hand, ready for a tour of the shop floor at IAC, Elmdon Trading Estate, where the process of assembling automotive parts was explained:
Dorothy Hardy gave a presentation on the work carried out by the Advanced Textile Research Group, highlighting the challenges and progress in incorporation of electronic components within yarn.
A delegation from Stoll AG and Co. KG, Reutlingen, Germany recently visited the Advanced Textile Research Group, in order to understand how electronic yarn technology can be integrated into knitted garments.
Anura Rathnayake of the Advanced Textile research Group presenting his PhD work on electronic textiles at ISWC 2015, Osaka Japan:
Anura took a garment containing miniature LED’s within yarns and a shirt with a hidden RFID tag.
The Advanced Textile Research Group has recently expanded and moved into a new lab. On 1st September 2015 the group hosted a visit from Professor Edward Peck, the Nottingham Trent University Vice Chancellor, and Julie Pinches, the Acting Dean of School of Art & Design. Here they are discussing future plans and looking at a demonstration heated glove.
Dr. Dorothy Hardy has joined the advanced textiles research group to work on a project finding novel manufacturing methods for functional, electronic textiles, funded by the EPSRC. Dorothy specialises in multidisciplinary work combining engineering and art.
She has just completed a PhD that investigated methods of improving the aesthetics of crystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells in decorative glazing. Her work included combination of traditional, glass-painting techniques with use of fluorescent dyes in glass panels that incorporated solar cells. Public engagement work such as co-organisation of a workshop and exhibition about creative use of photovoltaic cells won Dorothy the 2013 student category of the Heriot-Watt Principal’s prize for public engagement. More details of this can be found by scrolling down the following link:
Dorothy is relishing the challenge of developing electronic yarns to withstand repeated wearing, washing and drying.
Dr Colin Cork is retiring from NTU after four happy years working on the latest advances in textile technology. Colin (centre) is pictured with Professor Tilak Dias (left), other members of the Advanced Textiles Research Group and colleagues at the university.
Dr Colin Cork of ATRG is to contribute to a forthcoming book entitled “Advanced Fibrous Composite Materials for Ballistic Protection” by Woodhead publishing which is to be edited by Dr. Xiaogang Chen of the University of Manchester.
Professor Dias as edited a new book on electronic textiles. There are also contributions from other members of the ATRG team namely Ioannis Anastasopoulos, Colin Cork, William Hurley, Ekael Mbise and Anura Rathnayake, Details of the book can be found here:
The Advanced Textiles Research Group is recruiting a Research Technician in Electronics for our EPSRC electronic yarn project with the University of Southampton. Details can be found here: