Textiles

Textile is another industry where researchers are focusing to apply nanotechnology in. Multiple features are being attempted to add features to present textiles using nanotechnology.

  • Forschende entwickeln intelligente Leggins

    ZHAW-Forschende aus den Bereichen Technik und Gesundheit entwickeln zusammen mit europäischen Partnern ein Soft-Exoskelett für Menschen, die beim Gehen beeinträchtigt sind. Das verwendete Material soll lernfähig sein und sich je nach Bewegungsablauf mehr oder weniger versteifen.

  • Fusible and Printable Elastomer Sensors for e-textiles

    Sensor patterns and conducting paths printed on polyester textile. © K. Selsam for Fraunhofer ISC

    Integrating sensoric functions into textiles or elastomers is way more difficult than equipping machines because it requires movable or extensible sensors. The Center Smart Materials CeSMa of the Fraunhofer ISC with its experience in the field of adaptive elastomers has developed highly elastic sensors and actuators based on silicone. They provide a wide range of sensoric and actoric functions for smart electronic textiles (e-textiles) with a broad application potential in medical technology, in sports, in furniture, vehicles or in transport safety. CeSMa will be presenting its developments from May 14-17 at TechTextil 2019 in Frankfurt.

  • Gelatine instead of forearm

    The EMPA skin model: gelatine on a cotton substrate. EMPA

    The characteristics of human skin are heavily dependent on the hydration of the tissue - in simple terms, the water content. This also changes its interaction with textiles. Up to now, it has only been possible to determine the interaction between human skin and textiles by means of clinical trials on human subjects. Now, EMPA researchers have developed an artificial gelatine-based skin model that simulates human skin almost perfectly. The moisture content of the human skin influences its characteristics. The addition of moisture softens the skin and changes its appearance. This can be seen in DIY work for example: a thin film of perspiration helps to provide better grip when using a hammer or screwdriver; however, excessive perspiration can make the tools slip.

  • Healthy Hiking in Smart Socks

    Markus Hill (right), research assistantand, and textile producer Thomas Lindner check the sensors in the smart sock. Wolfgang Schmidt

    Researchers of the Chemnitz University of Technology develop tough electronic for sport and medical science. Often, a one-sided weight loading is the reason for hurting feet. But only few notice while walking. That is where the “Smart Sock”, developed by the Professorship of Sports Equipment and Technology of the Chemnitz University of Technology and in cooperation with the textile producer Lindner from Hohenstein-Ernstthal, starts: “The at the University developed electronic of the sock measures the pressure distribution and acceleration on the foot. This way, conclusions from parameters such as one-sided weight loading can be drawn”, Prof. Dr. Stephan Odenwald explains.

  • Insects Supply Chitin as a Raw Material for the Textile Industry

    After pupae shed their skin, pupal exuviae remain as residual stream. Fraunhofer IGB

    Harmful chemicals are often used in textile processing. That is why the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB is researching harmless biobased alternatives. The Institute is working on utilizing side streams from the animal feed manufacture for the production of chitosan.

  • Multi-organ platform for risk assessment of nanomaterials - Fraunhofer IBMT in project HISENTS

    Logo HISENTS

    European scientists develop a multimodular microchip platform for predicting the behaviour of nanomaterials in the body. Nanomaterials are already part of everyday life in our modern society. New applications, along with continuously rising quantities being produced, have led to an increased exposure to nanomaterials for both people and the environment. Predicting the behaviour of nanomaterials in organisms and extensive risk assessments are currently difficult because we are missing prediction models.

  • New Products - Highlights of COMPAMED 2016

    NanEye - The award winning, smallest digital camera in the world, for disposable endoscope. CMOSIS Germany GmbH

    COMPAMED has become the leading international marketplace for suppliers of medical manufacturing. The trade fair, which takes place every November and is co-located to MEDICA in Dusseldorf, has been steadily growing over the past years and shows that medical technology remains a rapidly growing market.

  • Photodynamische Desinfektion von Kleidung: Vom Labor an der TU Graz zum Innovations-Staatspreis

    Patente, Preise und ein Startup: Ein Projekt der TU Graz und des RCPE zur Desinfektion mittels Lichteffekten hat weite Kreise gezogen. Die Antikeim-Technologie wurde zuletzt mit dem ECONOVIUS ausgezeichnet.

  • Simulation tool for efficient production of non-woven fabrics

    High-tech material non-woven: Project manager Dr. Simone Gramsch has developed the simulation tool FIDYST with her team. Fraunhofer ITWM

    Non-woven fabrics are indispensable to everyday life. A Fraunhofer Institute has developed software that makes the production of non-woven products much more efficient and flexible. With the tool FIDYST, it has been possible for the first time to simulate the movement of fibers in turbulent air currents. A real innovation – and the breakthrough in a theory that is over a hundred years old.

  • Wearable Technology: Smart printed sensors monitor movement sequences

    Wearable technology has caught on to progress health and fitness. Simply worn on the body, smart garments can, for instance, track activity. Sensors in functional clothing could also help optimize exercises by monitoring movement sequences. A novel transparent sensor material developed by Fraunhofer ISC enables movement measuring sensors to be printed onto textiles. The innovative material will be presented on IDTechEX Europe at booth F16 in the Estrel Berlin on 27 and 28 April 2016.

  • Wissenschaftliches Symposium zur Geruchsbildung auf Textilien

    Beim ersten internationalen, wissenschaftlichen Symposium zum Thema „Geruchsbildung auf Textilien“ werden zahlreiche renommierte Expertinnen und Experten ihre neusten Forschungsergebnisse zu den Themen „Schweißgeruchsbildung auf der Haut“, „Geruchsbildung in Wäsche und Waschmaschine“ und „Interaktionen von Textilien mit verdunstenden Geruchsstoffen“ präsentieren.