E-Textiles @ ECS

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) has over 30 years' experience of printed functional materials and electronic systems. Most recently our research has focused on the application of screen and inkjet printable polymer based materials for e-textiles. We have had 3 EU projects, 3 UK MoD, 3 EPSRC and 1 MRC projects funded in the field focused on the development of new printed materials and processes compatible with textiles. We have over 40 publications and 1 spin off company (Smart Fabric Inks Ltd). The targeted applications for these materials range from fashion and automotive to medical and military fabrics. Devices such as electroluminescent lamps, heaters, humidity sensors, capacitors, resistors, antenna, bio-potential electrodes and multi-layer printed circuit boards have been demonstrated. Full details of our research is given below with links to projects web pages and key publications.




Flexible thermogenerator
Flexible piezoelectric energy harvesting shoe insole
Flexible coil for wireless power transfer


Screen printed free standing cantilever motion sensor on polyester cotton fabric using a printed sacrificial layer.
Screen printed resistive heater on polyester cotton fabric + IR image of fabric when heated.

Monitoring system for FEA assisted hand movement
Screen printed LED strips embedded inside woven fabric.

Bio-potential monitoring electrode array screen printed on to fabric.
EOG monitoring headband with 20 electrodes screen printed on to fabric.

  • Fabric based Functional Electrical Stimulation Sleeve for upper limb rehabilitation
  • Electroluminescent textile for fashion, lighting and architecture
  • Workwear: military, police, and firefighting
  • 2016


    Other Notable Demonstrators
    Printed PCB on fabric with components attached.
    Printed valveless micropump on fabric using sacrificial material.
    Printed EL lamps on fabric
    Printed multilayer PCB on fabric with vias.
    Screen printed humidity sensors on fabric
    Screen and inkjet printed metamaterials on fabric

    For more details contact:
    Dr John Tudor (mjt@ecs.soton.ac.uk)

    Professor Steve Beeby (spb@ecs.soton.ac.uk)

    Department of Electronics and Computer Science
    University of Southampton

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