2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Symposium SB10-New E-Textile Materials and Devices for Wearable Electronics

Textiles receive widespread attention as a versatile platform for wearable electronics. A wide range of materials from metals to conducting polymers, carbon allotropes and 2D materials such as graphene and MXenes can be used to realize conducting, semiconducting and electrochemically active fibers, yarns and fabrics as well as inks that can be printed or coated onto textile substrates. Electronic textile (e-textile) devices based on these materials, from fibre-shaped sensors to textile keyboards, displays and antennas as well as fabrics that can harvest and store energy, become increasingly sophisticated.

Despite the tremendous progress in terms of the development of new high-performance materials, device architectures and effective manufacturing methods, great challenges still remain and will need to be addressed in order to fully exploit the potential of e-textiles. These key challenges include (1) the development of fibers, yarns and fabrics with an optimal combination of electrical and mechanical properties, (2) effective manufacturing methods to seamlessly integrate different materials and devices into e-textiles, (3) materials and devices that display a high degree of biocompatibility, wash and wear resistance as well as long-term ambient stability, and (4) methods to reuse and recycle electronic textile materials and devices.

This symposium will provide a forum for collaborative discussions to address these challenges, in order to address both academic and industrial research needs and facilitate the transition of e-textiles from lab to market.

Topics will include:

  • Conducting, semiconducting and electrochemically active materials, fibers, yarns and inks
  • Conducting materials for interconnects and adhesives
  • Structure-processing-property relationships of e-textile materials
  • 3D-printing methods for textile electronics
  • Coating and printing on textile and non-planar surfaces
  • Wash and wear resistance of e-textile materials and devices
  • Biocompatibility of e-textile materials
  • Fabrication of e-textile devices
  • Packaging and encapsulation
  • Textile devices for sensing, communication, energy harvesting and storage
  • Modelling and design of textile electronic systems
  • System-level device integration and scalable manufacturing
  • Cost-performance relationships
  • Reuse and recycling of e-textile materials and devices
  • Life-cycle analysis and sustainability

Invited Speakers (tentative):

  • Trisha Andrew (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
  • Stephen Beeby (University of Southampton, United Kingdom)
  • Hyun-Joong Chung (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Genevieve Dion (Drexel University, USA)
  • Patricia Dolez (University of Alberta, Canada)
  • Tushar Ghosh (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Mahiar Hamedi (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
  • Tae Hee Han (Hanyang University, Republic of Korea)
  • Byungil Hwang (Chung-Ang University, Republic of Korea)
  • Edwin Jager (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Darren Lipomi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Huisheng Peng (Fudan University, China)
  • Ruben Sarabia Riquelme (University of Kentucky, USA)
  • Gregory Sotzing (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Felice Torrisi (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
  • Gang Wang (Donghua University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Christian Müller
Chalmers University of Technology
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Tricia Breen Carmichael
University of Windsor

Jesse Jur
North Carolina State University
Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science

Myung-Han Yoon
Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Republic of Korea

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