The 3rd Annual Innovations in Large Area Electronics (innoLAE 2017) conference will host a thematic workshop on e-fibres and e-textiles, which is co-organised with the H2020 EC-funded project “1D Nanofibre Electro-Optic Networks (1D-NEON)”.
The workshop will feature three excellent invited talks followed by a panel discussion exploring the impact of the latest research on e-fibres and e-textiles in various industry sectors, both clothing and non-clothing, and ways to accelerate commercialisation. The panel will feature the three speakers, as well as Koen van Os from Philips Lighting Research and Lars-Christian Heinz from LG Technology Center Europe.
Professor Jong Min Kim, University of Cambridge and Project Coordinator of 1D-NEON
Talk title: Nanotechnology convergence for Large-Area Electronics
The talk will address technology challenges and opportunities for large-area electronics in the e-fibres and e-textiles market.
Dr. Paolo Canonico, Global and R&D Director of SAATI (a global textile player with headquarters in Milan) and Chairman of the ETP (European Technology Platform of technical textiles and clothing)
Talk title: E-textile and strategic innovation and research agenda for European textile and clothing industry
Dr Mark Pedley, Director & CIO of SmartLife (specialised in smart garment technology, they have developed innovative, patented textile sensors, electronics and firmware that are capable of detecting the body’s biophysical signals and delivering actionable insight to users via mobile apps).
Talk title: Wellbeing without walls
Background on e-fibres/e-textiles
Recent advances in fibre-electronics and novel manufacturing of textiles have led to the development of electronic/smart textiles (e-textiles). Embedding electronics, photonics, sensing and energy functionalities in technical textiles and smart clothes has the potential to increase the value of the textile manufacturing industry worldwide and has varied applications from high fashion, medical diagnostics and health monitoring, large-area technical textiles, home fabrics (e.g. smart curtains), safety instruments to automotive textiles.
In the UK alone, textiles manufacturing is worth £9 billion annually. The largest market for new product innovation is apparel. In 2014, UK’s apparel manufacturing firms contributed a total of £3 billion to the economy, of which £2 billion was from high-value's fashion market. The technical textiles sector is also one of the most innovative branches of industry in the world, ranked as one of the five high-tech sectors with the greatest potential for development. UK technical textiles manufacturing is worth a further £2 billion to the UK economy each year. The global technical textiles market was worth over £88 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach £105 billion in 2018, according to market analysts.
1D-NEON is a 4 year Innovation Action of the H2020 work programme funded by the European Commission under the NMP-22 2015 call topic “Fiber-based materials for non-clothing applications”. The vision of the 1D-NEON project is to create outstanding added value for the textile manufacturing industry. This will be accomplished by developing fibre-based smart materials along with an integrated technology platform for the manufacturing in Europe of new products enabling applications in sensing, lighting, energy and electronics.
The project is coordinated by the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering, with Professor Jong Min Kim, as overall Project Coordinator, Professor Arokia Nathan as WP leader for Multi-Scale, Multi-Domain Modeling/Simulation and Characterization, Dr. Luigi Occhipinti as Exploitation and Business Development Manager and WP leader for Exploitation and Dissemination. The 1D-NEON consortium involves in total 14 partners from 6 European countries, including: the Department of Engineering Sciences at University of Oxford (UK), the Instituto de Desenvolvimiento de Novas Tecnologias - UNINOVA (Portugal), the Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials – CeNTI (Portugal), Fundacio EURECAT (Spain), the Textilforschungsinstitut Thüringen-Vogtland e.V. – TiTV (Germany), SILVACO Europe Ltd (UK), SAATI Group (Italy), RELATS (Spain), SOLVAY Specialty Polymers (Italy), HENKEL AG & Co. KGaA (Germany), LG Display Germany GmbH (Germany), Philips Lighting B.V. (Netherlands) and BioAge Srl (Italy).
For more information about the project visit: 1d-neon.eu