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Innovations in Textiles 2009

Innovations in Textiles 2009

Programme & Abstracts

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Day 1: 18th March 2009

09.30 - 09.40 Welcome and Introduction
CHAIR: Dr Mark Morrison (CEO Institute of Nanotechnology)
09.45 - 10.15

‘Textile nanotechnology - facts and fiction’

  • Overview of real "nano" textiles on the market
  • Performance of these products in daily use
  • Possible future textile nano products

Dr. Jan Beringer, Hohenstein Research Institute

10.20 - 10.50

‘Use of Nanostructured Materials in Fiber Development’

  • The available tools for development of functionalized fibers with main focus on melt spinning.
  • Introduction and performance of photocatalytic fibers, controlled-release fibers, reinforced fibers, use of bicomponent fibers.
  • Incorporation of nanoparticles within fiber coatings.

Dr Giuseppino Fortunato, EMPA St. Gallen

10.55 - 11.15 Refreshments
11.20– 11.50

‘Defence and First-responder Markets’

  • Electrical components woven from fabric
  • Textile keypads and keyboards, electrical heaters, sensors, wiring harnesses
  • Applications within defence and related industries

Stan Swallow, Intelligent Textiles Ltd

11.55– 12.25

‘Smart Garment Technology for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive Protective Clothing’

  • Nanotechnology as the driver behind many CBRNE textile innovations
  • Protective and comfort enhancing technologies

Cath Rogan, Smart Garment People

12.30 – 13.00

‘Nanotechnologies for an optimum protection and comfort in protective clothing’

  • Nanotechnogies for protective clothing
  • Carbon Nanotubes reinforced foams
  • Novel Plastic Optical Fibers

Daniel Crespy, EMPA

13.05 – 14.00 Lunch
14.05– 14.35

'Role of Nanoparticles as Fire retardants for Thermoplastic Fibres'

  • Dispersion of polymer layered silicate nanoclays in different fibre-forming synthetic polymers
  • Melt extrusion of polymer-nano hybrids without/with conventional flame retardants into filaments
  • Effect of nano particles and flame retardant micro particles on fibres' physical, mechanical and flammability properties.

Professor Baljinder K Kandola, University of Bolton

14.40– 15.10

'Color-changing and Color-tunable Photonic Bandgap Fiber Textiles'

Prof. Maksim Skorobogatiy, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal

15.15 – 15.45

‘Elastomeric Opal Polymer Fibres with Stretchable Colour Effects’

  • Polymer opals suitable for industrial-scale production made by a solvent-free technique
  • Iridescent range of colours produced in durable sheets, ribbons and fibres
  • Flexibility allows reversible and dramatic colour change

Dr David Snoswell, University of Cambridge

15.50 – 16.20 Refreshments
16.25 – 16.55

‘SensFloor ® and NaviFloor ® - Large-area Smart Textile Systems for Building Automation, Ambient Assisted Living, and Robot Navigation’

Christl Lauterbach, Future-Shape

17.00 – 17.30

d3o™: Join the Revolution

  • Where it all began – the invention, the company, and the 1st ever application
  • Current applications – where d3o™ is used now
  • The future

Richard Palmer, d3o™

17.35 End of day 1


Day 2: 19th March 2009

09.30 - 09.35 Introduction and Welcome to Day 2
CHAIR: Brian McCarthy (Network Manager, TechniTex Faraday Ltd)

09.35 - 10.05

‘A Modified Process for Improving the Properties of Carbon Nanotube Spun Yarn’

Dr Canh-Dung Tran, CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology (CTFT) Australia

10.10 - 10.40

‘Intelligent multi-reactive Textiles in Integrating Nano-filler based CPC-fibres’

  • Scope and description of INTELTEX
  • General principles of sensing polymers
  • Today's achievements and novel potential applications

Hua Deng, Nanocyl S.A.

10.45 - 11.15

‘ Finishing of Textiles via Plasma Treatment'’

  • Plasma treatment
  • Plasma coating
  • Textile finishing

Dr Guy Buyle, CenTexBel, Belgium

11.20 - 11.40 Refreshments
11.45 - 12.15

'Nanoparticles in Medical Textiles: Opportunities and Challenges'

  • Market opportunities for nanoparticles in medical textiles
  • Technical risks
  • Market factors
  • Health and environmental issues

Dr Tofail Syed, University of Limerick

12.20 – 12.50

'A Status Quo and Vision for Wearable Technologies in Sports- and Healthcare'

  • Introduction of the Wearable Technologies (WT) market
  • Actual examples of already established WT products
  • Outlook for new upcoming technologies, which will stimulate this growing market

Christian Stammel, Navispace AG

12.55– 13.50 Lunch

13.55– 14.25

'Applications of Electronic Nose Technology in the Textiles Industry'

  • The practical use of odour detection technology in the textile industry
  • The direct measurement of anti-odour capability of technical textiles and fabrics
  • Simultaneous anti-microbial efficacy and anti-odour capability of technical textiles and fabrics using a single incubation technique

Dr Tim Gibson, Scensive Technologies Ltd

14.30 - 15.00

'Golden Wool – A New Woollen Textile for High Value Textiles and Fashion Apparel'

  • Use of Nanogold.
  • The size of the nanogold colourants.
  • The technology and products are proprietary.
  • Nanogold properties

Professor Jim Johnston, Victoria University of Wellington

15.05 – 15.35

‘Economic Impact of Nanotechnology in the Textile Sector'

José Condé, Bax & Willems Consulting Venturing, Barcelona, Spain

15.40 - 16.10

‘Risk Assessment of Nanotechnology Applications in Textiles for Consumer Products’

  • Identification of knowledge gaps for risk assessment of nanoparticles in general.
  • Specific risk assessment issues related to the use of nanoparticles in textiles.

Susan Wijnhoven, RIVM

16.15 Closing Remarks



For further information contact Gemma McCulloch, gemma.mcculloch@nano.org.uk

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