The Electronics and Computer Science Department has over 40 years' experience of printed functional materials and electronic systems. Recently our research has focused on the application of screen, inkjet and dispenser printing to create e-textiles. We have had 14 major research projects (4 EU, 3 UK MoD, 6 EPSRC and 1 MRC) concerning textile-compatible printed materials and processes, and their applications. Applications encompass designer fashion, medical devices, automotive sensors and displays, military fabrics and consumer products. Devices such as electroluminescent lamps, heaters, humidity sensors, capacitors, resistors, antennas, bio-potential electrodes and multi-layer printed circuit boards have been demonstrated. We have over 50 publications and 1 spin off company (Smart Fabric Inks Ltd). Full details of our research is given below with links to project web pages and key publications.
First smart fabrics proposal submitted
EU FP7 project MICROFLEX: Micro fabrication production technology for MEMS on new emerging smart textiles/flexibles.
EU FP7 project BraveHealth: Patient Centric Approach for an Integrated, Adaptive, Context Aware Remote Diagnosis and Management of Cardiovascular Diseases.
Centre for Defence Enterprise project: Instrumented Stump Sock for Measuring Pressure at the Stump/Sock Interface.