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.
First smart fabrics proposal submitted
EU FP7 funded Microflex project- Micro fabrication production technology for MEMS on new emerging smart textiles/flexibles.
EU FP7 Bravehealth project - Patient Centric Approach for an Integrated, Adaptive, Context Aware Remote Diagnosis and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases.
Centre for Defence Enterprise funded project - Instrumented Stump Sock for Measuring Pressure at the Stump/Sock Interface.
EPSRC Leadership project - Energy Harvesting Materials for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles.