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Textile Workshop

7 September 2023

EU Funded

Thursday, 7 September - 11:30-13:15

While graphene and other 2D materials finds its way into more wearable gadgets, the inherently flexible and lightweight materials are ideal also for truly unobtrusive applications in everyday flexible wearables such as clothes. Flexible electronics has for a long time been almost synonymous with printed electronics, perhaps with hybrid integrated components, but the possibility to change the inherent properties of the flexible material itself changes this. This session will be looking at the prospect of manufacturing electrically active textiles and their applications in systems where the functionality is not only added on top of the large area flexible material. One of the first area where inherently conducting textiles can be used on a large scale is as heating elements. For now, powering and control of the application is added as a separate integrated system which may also contain sensors and other functional elements. The solution processable and printable materials, however, offer the opportunity to integrate a variety of functions in systems containing both active and passive textile materials.

The session brings together a selection of industrial players in this field to present the special aspects faced by activities in this early stage of industrial innovation for a traditional and conservative market, but also a very demanding one with high expectations. The speakers share their experience of the integration of electronic functions in several aspects of the textile area from fibres and yarns to fully developed consumer ready style prototypes.




Henrik Sandberg, VTT (Chair)


Graphene based electrically conducting fibres and yarns

Tim Biemelt, Indorma Ventures Fibers Germany GmbH


How graphene makes textiles conductive - approaches, challenges and opportunities

Mykhailo Zhybak, Grafren AB


Graphene based textiles, functionality and integration

Andreas Röpert, Interactive Wear AG


From prototype to real deal!

Christer Nilsson, Coxa Carry International AB


Challenges with manufacturing a textile with integrated electronic sensors. Case study: sports shirt

Neil Chilton, Printed Electronics Ltd


Evaluation of long-term properties of graphene-based textile pressure sensors

Ting Yang Nilsson, RISE


Conclusion and final remarks