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New development- Electricity from Yarns

Highly twisted coiled carbon nanotube yarns termed “twistron,” generate electricity efficiently.

A team of international scientists from the United States, South Korea and China led by researchers at The University of Texas-Dallas (UT Dallas) and Hanyang University, South Korea have reported in Science magazine that these harvester yarns in electrochemical environment can transform mechanical energy to electricity without any external voltage source, in other words without the need of external batteries.  link

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Three-Dimensional Highly Stretchable Conductors from Elastic Fiber Mat with Conductive Polymer Coating

The manufacture of stretchable conductors with well-reserved electrical performance under large-degree deformations via scalable processes remains of great importance. In this work, a highly stretchable 3D conductive framework consisted of polyurethane fiber mat (PUF) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) is reported through facile approaches, electrospinning and in situ interfacial polymerization, which was then backfilled with poly(dimethylsiloxane) to obtain 3D conductors. The excellent stretchability of the 3D conductive network imparted the as-prepared electrode superior mechanical durability. What’s more, the applied strains can be effectively accommodated by the arrangement and orientation of the fibers resulting in relatively stable electrical performance with only 20% increased resistance at 100% stretching. Meanwhile, the resistance of the conductor could keep constant during 2000 times of bending and showed slightly increase during 100 times of 50% stretching. The potential in the applications of large-area stretchable electrodes were demonstrated by the construction of LED arrays with the PUF based conductors as electrical connections.   link



Touch-Sensitive Fibers Eyed for Use in Wearable Devices
Touch-sensitive technology could be coming to wearables thanks to new elastic fibers developed by researchers at North Carolina State University.  Touchscreen-like capability may be coming to wearables thanks to new touch-sensitive elastic fibers developed by researchers at North Carolina State University.

A team of scientists at the university have developed soft and stretchable fibers that can detect touch, strain, and twisting, said Michael Dickey, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. The fibers—which are microscopic—could be useful for integrating electronics in new places, including wearable technology, he said.

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Could Bacteria-Coated Nanofiber Electrodes be Key to Cleaning Polluted Water?

Researchers from Cornell University have recently discovered a cost-effective and unique method of cleaning wastewater. Bioelectrochemical engineers and material scientists made nano fiber electrodes from electro-spun carbon then covered them in PEDOT, a conductive polymer. This coating allowed a certain type of bacteria, *Geobacter sulfurreducens, to be applied electrically. The entire process takes several hours until it forms an easily visible sheet of nanofibers.  (more)


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Wearable Touch Sensors: Stretchable Conductive Fibers
Researchers from North Carolina State University have created conductive and stretchable wires that can sense torsion (twisting), strain (elongation), and touch. The video only shows the latter mode of sensing in which the metal inside the fibers detects touch via changes in capacitance. Touch screens on smart phones and tablets utilize similar principles, which are implemented here in a stretchable fiber form factor. These types of sensors may be useful for stretchable electronics, soft robotics, and electronic textiles.

The fibers in the first portion of the video are silicone, but the fibers used in the publication (and the latter portion of the video) are Hytrel. The liquid metal is EGaIn (eutectic gallium indium), which is liquid metal at room temperature and is considered to have low toxicity.  
The paper, “Stretchable Capacitive Sensors of Torsion, Strain, and Touch Using Double Helix Liquid Metal Fibers,” is published online in Advanced Functional Materials.




Making wires of polymers chains

Researchers model new route to molecular wires suitable for use in miniature electronics  read the story

PAPER could be the future of electronics: Researchers reveal radical low cost printing method that could revolutionize flexible devices
It's made by coating paper with soft ionic gels, making it electrically conductive.   It costs $1.30 per square meter and 30 meters of it could be made per minute.
When an electrical current is applied to the paper, it glows bright blue.   Read more:

Fed grant backs nanofiber development: Rice University joins Department of Energy 'Next Generation Machines' initiative

Rice University scientists who developed conductive fibers made entirely of carbon nanotubes will enhance their invention with the aid of a grant from the Department of Energy.   Read the release here

A Better Material for Flexible Electronics

Recently a group of researchers at the University of Illinois College of Engineering have developed a type of textile made of thin carbon nanotubes (CNT) that is highly conductive and has a toughness that is about 50 times higher that current copper films used nowadays. Carbon nanotubes are tiny cylinders of graphene with a diameter of few nanometers (nm) – this is about 1,000 times thinner than a human hair. Even with size, CNT are much stronger that steel of carbon fiber, more conductive than copper and lighter than aluminum. However, to assemble and weaving nanotubes to create a particular structure is very difficult given their sizes and the difficulty in controlling their geometry.    more

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Touch-sensitive fibers put new twist on controlling electronic devices

We're used to touchscreens, but now researchers have created new, touch-sensitive fibers that can be used to interact with electronic devices. The microscopic fibers are soft, stretchable and capable of detecting touch, strain and twisting, all of which could lead to new sorts of wearable devices and sensing applications.

The fibers created at North Carolina State University are made of a extremely thin strands of a tube-like polymer filled with a liquid metal alloy of eutectic gallium and indium (EGaIn). The strands are a few hundred microns in diameter, or just a little thicker than a human hair.   more



Circuitex® Conductive Technology Advances Design Flexibility in Smart Apparel

SCRANTON, Pa., Feb. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Noble Biomaterials, Inc., a global leader in conductive solutions for smart textiles applications, has collaborated with Bemis Associates to develop a seamless, conductive advanced material that allows for simple and durable integration of electronics into apparel.

This fully-bonded, conductive material is engineered with Noble's Circuitex® technology and provides for the detection, transmission and protection of electronic signals in a soft and flexible format. Its unique construction provides designers with complete freedom to design smart garments with integrated stretch and durability using Bemis Sewfree® Bonding.   more


How researchers created twisted semiconductors for 3D projection

Editor comment:  We've long maintained that we expect entire circuits to be embedded in a fiber, just like a highway has gas stations, traffic lights, etc. enroute.

A team of chemical engineers guided the attachment of small semiconductor nanoparticles to each other by learning from nature’s very own twisted structures: DNA and proteins

Researchers at the University of Michigan and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel teamed up to discover a way to mass-produce spiral semiconductors that can produce 3D images. In the future, this could mean that smartphones and other consumer electronics devices could be capable of producing 3D images.   more

Are smart textiles ready for the real world? 

Over the past decade, there has been a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Read more

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Conductive Yarn Industry Report introduced a Market Segment, Product Types, with Sales, Revenue, Price, Market Share and Growth, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, Size, Share, Demand, Analysis, Manufacturers, Type and Application, Forecast 2016 to 2021

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The study analyzes the Conductive Yarn industry in detail. To begin with, it enumerates the primary market operations, evaluating the nature and specific characteristics of products and services it provides. In the following chapters, the study classifies the Conductive Yarn market in terms of its varied product types, applications, network of supply chain, and geography. Based on the market segmentation, the report analyzes the competitive landscape of the Conductive Yarn market and lays down the development status of key regions in globally.   MORE

Knitted muscle could power the supersuits of the future

Knitting isn’t just for grandmas: Scientists are using the process to make artificial muscle that moves more like we do. In a study published today in Science Advances, researchers created a textile actuator, or textuator—a new kind of smart fabric that can control movement. They coated cellulose (an organic compound found in plant cell walls that makes up everything from plastic to cotton fibers) “yarn” with a special polymer called polypyrrole that shifts and stretches in response to electricity. The team found that woven smart yarn was able to withstand great force, whereas a knitted pattern was able to stretch.   more


Self-healing, stretchable, transparent and conductive ionic conductor                     THIS IS BIG
Scientists, including several from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), have developed a transparent, self-healing, highly stretchable conductive material that can be electrically activated to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots.

According to information provided by UCR, the findings, recently published in the journal Advanced Material, represent the first time scientists have created an ionic conductor (materials that ions can flow through) that is transparent, mechanically stretchable and self-healing. Ionic conductors are a class of materials with key roles in energy storage, solar energy conversion, sensors and electronic devices.   more




Progress for solar powered smart textiles
The breakthrough, which on a technical level is similar to the recent ‘solar textile’ advances at the Georgia Institute of Technology, could in theory turn garments into wearable, solar powered batteries which never need to be plugged in. It’s been suggested that these types of developments have the potential to one day revolutionise the wearable technology industry – particularly in the world of military textiles where heavy and bulky batteries are always looking to be replaced.  more


Research: self-charging fibres for smart textiles
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the US and the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in China claim to have made the first hybrid self-charging power textile system that can harvest both solar energy and the mechanical energy from a person’s movements. These energies can then be stored as chemical energy in fibre-shaped supercapacitors.   more


Medical textiles: what’s next?
Health in hands,” is one of the catch phrases that illustrate a new focus in health care today. Proactive health care by monitoring and managing health issues continues to gain broader acceptance, particularly in developed and developing economies. Textiles of many kinds enhance health care products and contribute to the next phase of improvements.   More


DuPont Microcircuit Materials Introduces Pure Copper Conductive Ink
Offers More Cost-effective Design Flexibility for Today’s Printed Electronics
Research Triangle Park, N.C., Nov. 14, 2014 – DuPont Microcircuit Materials (DuPont) is introducing its first pure copper conductive ink for photonic curing, DuPont™ PE510 copper conductor.  DuPont™ PE510 is a cost-effective alternative to silver conductor inks for a variety of possible applications and is the newest product in a suite of conductive ink materials specifically tailored for use in certain types of antenna, membrane touch switch (MTS), radio-frequency identification (RFID), and consumer electronic applications.  more

Also, see article about stretchable inks: here

IPC Meeting on Standards for Textiles and Stretchable/Wearable Printed Electronics was held in late December.  Contact us for a report of that meeting.

Bendy artificial muscle is made of pure nylon, still stronger than you

An  MIT breakthrough allows engineers to create artificial muscles that bend by simply heating nylon fibers.  more    Thisit is an exciting breakthrough, and the editor wonders if artificial nerves can't also be created with conducitve fibers.

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IFAI EXPO  Smart Fabrics Program

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Advanced Textiles Conference Sept. 26-27. Show floor Sept. 27-29.

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Textile Generates Power from Sun and Motion

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a fabric that can harvest energy from sunshine and motion.
The hybrid power textile combines these two types of electricity generation into a single fabric. It could help pave the way for manufacturing apparel and other products that could provide their own source of energy to power smart phones, global positioning systems, or other devices.  more  ...
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Intel is laying off a major portion of its wearables group

Intel is denying that the company is stepping back from wearables, though has not directly commented on the layoff news. Here is the company’s statement in full  (more)


Graphene-fed silkworms produce super-strong, electrically conductive silk

Here's an unsual story:  Scientists may have found another use for silk. Previously, the natural protein fiber was predominantly used in the textile industry. Researchers have now observed that the properties of silk can be manipulated if silkworm larvae are fed a new-age diet consisting of graphene and carbon nanotubes.  Read more

Rice University Researchers Find Ways to Improve Graphene Nanoribbons

For decades, carbon fiber has been considered as a pillar of strength in the field of materials manufacturing. Rice University scientists are now finding ways to improve these carbon fibers to enhance its properties.

The scientists discovered that the polymer chains that develop a common carbon fiber are susceptible to misalignment during the manufacturing process. This misalignment is considered as a defect that the researchers compared to a faulty zipper that leads to weakening of the product.  (Picture and more)



Here's a Patent for Metalized Coating of Optical Fibers

Interesting patent, details.  By the way, one of our members might have a simpler method.  Give us a call.


Highly Conductive and Flexible Fiber for Textile Electronics Obtained by Extremely Low-Temperature Atomic Layer Deposition of Pt

Sparse details at: link

Scientists Use Bacteria to Create Super-Thin Electrical Wires

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has sponsored a team of scientists that has genetically modified a common soil bacteria and used it create electrical wires-- thousands of times thinner than a human hair-- that can conduct electricity.

Shrinking electronics is not a new concept. As electronic devices expand function and applications, researchers seek technology that is smaller, faster and more powerful than ever before. With that research, advances in nanotechnology that allow industry experts to manufacture materials that are only billionths of a meter in thickness, have become possible.  more

Industry Standards Update! 

Previously we raised the issue of standards for conductive fibers.  We also noted that discussions are underway at US Department of Commerce, and IFAI on developing standards.  Now we are joined by IPC (formerly Institute for Printed Circuits) who has developed a Flexible Hybrid Electronics Committee.  We are involved with them also, and this is a call to our members who wish to be involved.  Do contact us; and also we will be sending you update emails.


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A Chemist and a Designer Team Up to Weave Solar Panels Into Fabric

For years, fabric designer Marianne Fairbanks made solar-charged handbags. Her company, Noon Solar, was geared toward the high-end, urban-based fashion market and, at its peak, was selling in 30 stores in the United States and Canada. While Noon Solar closed its doors in 2010, Fairbanks, who joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 as an assistant professor in the school of human ecology, was still intrigued with the concept of solar design.

Once she arrived on campus, Fairbanks discovered Trisha Andrew, an assistant professor of organic chemistry now at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Andrew’s specialty is in developing low-cost, lightweight solar cells. Specifically, she had created an organic dye-based solar cell on paper.

The collaboration between the two began with an innocent phone call.

“I asked Trish,” says Fairbanks, “if we could apply her idea that she’d used on paper onto a textile. And that’s how our project started.”   Read more.


Global metal coated fiber market likely to grow with double-digit rate during 2016 to 2021

Stratview Research announces the addition of a new market research report on Global Metal Coated Fiber Market by Material Type (Nickel, Copper, Aluminum, and Others), by Application Type (EMI Shielding, LSP/ESD, and Others ),by Form of Use (Adhesive Tape, Surface Film, and Conductive Prepreg), by Plating Type (Electroless Plating, Electroplating, and Others), by Sales Channel (Direct Sales and Distributors), and by Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World), Trend, Forecast, Competitive Analysis, and Growth Opportunity: 2016-2021. This market report from Stratview Research studies the global metal coated fiber market over the period 2010 to 2021. The research report provides detailed insights on the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.    more




Conductive Composites opens second fiber coating line

Proof of growth, Conductive Composites Heber City, Utah, announced the addition of a second coated fiber line to its production plant in Cleveland, Utah. “Adding a second coating line to our production plant will essentially double our material supply capabilities to meet demand which has increased dramatically in the past six months,” said Ray Chatelin, vice president of operations.

“Our new fiber plant opened about a year ago and we have already received enough demand to necessitate adding a second production line. I think this speaks to the market need for our materials and products and the value we deliver to our customers,” stated Nathan Hansen, president of Conductive Composites. “This expansion would not be possible without our government partners and federal programs like Title III and SBIR. Additional materials will go to support defense applications, the commercialization of products developed during these programs, and growing commercial business sales.”   more


Micro-Coax Acquired

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Carlisle Companies Incorporated (NYSE:CSL) today announced the acquisition of Micro-Coax, Inc., a leading global supplier of high-performance, high frequency coaxial wire and cable, and cable assemblies for mission-critical RF/microwave applications for defense, satellite, test and measurement and other industrial customers.

With annual sales of approximately $45 million and 235 employees, Micro-Coax has manufacturing facilities in Pottstown, PA and a joint venture operation in Blackburn, UK. The company has been in business for over 50 years and is a supplier to the world’s leading defense, aerospace and electronics companies. Micro-Coax designs, manufactures and sells customized, high-reliability wire and cable for signal transmission on defense, space and satellite platforms and in high-end industrial equipment. The company’s well-known brands include UTiFLEX® flexible microwave cable assemblies, UTiFORM® hand formable cable, M-FLEX® cable assemblies and ARACON® metal clad fiber.  more

LG Innotek unveils flexible textile pressure sensors

LG Innotek today announced a development of new concept textile flexible pressure sensors. This sensor senses pressure from the entire surface of the sensor and it is even bendable. Read more

"Smart Shirt" Keeps IndyCar Racer Kanaan on Track

Another example of a smart shirt in action--using conductive fibers, of course.  Read the Dalas story here

Microsoft Mood Shirt Reacts To and Influences Feelings.

Conductive fibers and smart fabrics are increasing in importance every day.  Read the story here.

Hyper-Giant Conductivity Observed at Room Temperature

Berlin/IDTechEx: Hyper-Giant Conductivity Observed at Room Temperature in metal/carbon compouind materials using 3-D lithoography with x,y, and t beam control for this Koops-GranMat®, process.   Koops-GranMat® can replace cooled superconducting materials in present appications and will revolutionaze electronics, THz switching, photonics, and energy transport.  For information contact Hans W. P. Koops in Ober-Ramstadt, Germany hans.koops@t-online.de

Dr. Koops and your editor spent considerable time toegther in Berlin, and we feel this process might be truly revolutionary.


U.S. Consortium Commits $317 Million for Advanced Textiles Development

A newly-announced private/public collaboration will invest $317 million towards developing the next generation of textile innovations in the United States.

According to a statement from the U.S. Department of Defense, a consortium of 89 manufacturers, universities, industry and non-profits organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will form the New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Hub. The consortium – operating as Advanced Functional Fabrics of America – will be leading the research work, under the management of the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Department of Defense will invest $75 million in the program, which will be combined with nearly $250 million in contributions from non-federal entities to fund the next generation fiber-textile chain research. Leading technology firms such as Bose, Intel and many innovative textile companies are involved in the effort.

The new revolutionary fiber institute is the eighth manufacturing innovation hub initiative by President Obama administered through the U.S. Department of Defense. These institutes are aimed at developing high-tech sectors in the U.S. to enable them to be competitive, especially in the manufacturing sector.  citation

Hemp waste fibers form basis of supercapacitor more conductive than graphene 

Comprised of a lone hexagonal honeycomb lattice layer of tightly packed carbon atoms, graphene is one of the strongest, lightest, and most conductive compounds ever discovered. Bottom line, it’s an extraordinary composite. However, a scientist from New York’s Clarkson University says he’s found a way to manufacture hemp waste into a material “better than graphene.” Moreover, the scientist — known to his peers as Dr. David Mitlin — says creating this graphene-like hemp material costs but a minuscule fraction of what it takes to produce graphene.  more


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Textile Electronics Standards Workshop to be Held at NC State University

A workshop that will be held at the campus of North Carolina State University on the topic of standards for wearable devices, to be held March 8th and 9th.  One entire day of the workshop will be focused on standards for textile electronics.   Here is a link to the workshop....http://www.assistworkshops.com/wearable-standards/ .

The Iron Stepping Stones To Better Wearable Tech Without Semiconductors
The road to more versatile wearable technology is dotted with iron. Specifically, quantum dots of iron arranged on boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs). The new material is the subject of a study published in Scientific Reports in February, led by Yoke Khin Yap, a professor of physics at Michigan Technological University.  Yap says the iron-studded BNNTs are pushing the boundaries of electronics hardware. The transistors modulating electron flow need an upgrade.  More



New Type of Nanowires, Built with Natural Gas Heating

A team of Korean researchers, affiliated with UNIST has recently pioneered in developing a new simple nanowire manufacturing technique that uses self-catalytic growth process assisted by thermal decomposition of natural gas. According to the research team, this method is simple, reproducible, size-controllable, and cost-effective in that lithium-ion batteries could also benefit from it.  read more


CFMC is built around three core constituencies: (1) Manufacturers, (2) Academic and Research and Development members, and (3) Application users or customers of conductive fibers. We offer three levels of membership to accommodate these constituencies: active, associate, and allied.

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Fiber Optics Transmit Data and Power Over Same Cable

In the latest attempt to confront the growing power demands of wireless communications, a research team from the University of Electro-Communications in Japan has invented a fiber optic system that transmits both data and power over the same cable.  The research team, led by Motoharu Matsuura, has shown that the new system is capable of sending up to 60 watts over a distance of 300 meters. The researchers suggest that the fiber optic cable would be ideal for the growing infrastructure behind small cells—low-power, short-range radio terminals that backhaul data from the edge of a wireless network.  read more


Breakthrough enables ultra fast transport of electrical charges in polymers

A research team at Umeå University has showed, for the first time, that a very efficient vertical charge transport in semiconducting polymers is possible by controlled chain and crystallite orientation. These pioneering results, which enhance charge transport in polymers by more than 1,000 times, have implications for organic opto-electronic devices and were recently published in the journal Advanced Materials.  more

Micro-Coax Announces Price Reduction on ARACON Fibers and Braids

Micro-Coax announced today that the company has significantly reduced prices, as much as forty percent, on ARACON fibers and braids.  more    This is major news in this marketplace!

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Nano-Coating makes Coaxial Cables Lighter:  Rice University scientists replace metal with carbon nanotubes for aerospace use

Common coaxial cables could be made 50 percent lighter with a new nanotube-based outer conductor developed by Rice University scientists. The Rice lab of Professor Matteo Pasquali has developed a coating that could replace the tin-coated copper braid that transmits the signal and shields the cable from electromagnetic interference. The metal braid is the heaviest component in modern coaxial data cables.- See more   This could be a game changer if the coatings are robust.

500 LEDs Bring an Interactive Textile to Life

Fabric can be so much more than just the materials we use to keep ourselves clothed and warm. Fabric can be alive. And 29-year-old Swedish textile designer Malin Bobeck is an artist who breathes life into fabric. We last covered her work while she was still a student at the Swedish School of Textiles, weaving glowing fabrics with optical fibers.   The  story  This is really exciting!

Shocking! 'Electric Eel' Fibers Could Power Wearable Tech

Stretchy fibers that mimic electric eels could be woven into clothing to power wearable technology one day, new research suggests.  In experiments, these flexible fibers produced enough power to run electronic lights and watches.  Read more...

Conductive Silicon is Used to Make Flexible Circuits

Can Carbon Nanotubes Replace Copper?

This is the BIG question!  Now, a new technology, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), is emerging that could someday become a lightweight alternative to copper wire or conductive shielding in automotive, aerospace and defense applications.  A carbon nanotube is composed of a single layer of carbon atoms in a cylindrical configuration. The tubes can be single-walled or multiwalled. CNTs have been constructed with a length-to-diameter ratio of up to 132,000,000-to-1.  read the article


Manufacturing Wearable Computers with 3D-Printed Textiles 

3D Printing leading to conductive textiles andwearable printed computers.  The majority of current smart textiles have conductive fibers which are either woven or knitted into the material during production or applied to the ... more  (The company also now has a listing on our Product & Manufacturers Directory.)


United States Patent Application 20150380843 Abstract: An apparatus and method for using conductive adhesive fibers as a data interface are disclosed. A particular embodiment includes: a first array of conductive adhesive fiber fastener pads configured for attachment to a first item; a second array of conductive adhesive fiber fastener pads configured for attachment to a second item, each pad of the first and second array being fabricated with a hook or loop removable fastener, each removable fastener being electrically conductive, the first array of pads being arranged to align with the second array of pads to create a plurality of independent electrical connections when the first item is removably attached to the second item, the plurality of independent electrical connections establishing a data interface connection between the first item and the second item.  link

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LiU researchers create electronic plants

Using semi-conductive polymers, both analog and digital electronic circuits can be created inside living flowers, bushes and trees, as researchers at Linköping University Laboratory for Organic Electronics have shown. The results are being published in Science Advances.

With the help of the channels that distribute water and nutrients in plants, the research group at the Laboratory for Organic Electronics, under the leadership of Professor Magnus Berggren, have built the key components of electronic circuits. In an article in Science Advances, they show how roses can produce both analog and digital electronic circuits, which over the long term could be used, for example, to regulate the plant’s physiology.   more

Editor's comments:  Now the big question is whether we, as a species, will have the wisdom to use this for good or for evil.

Bonded wire suits medical apps

Anomet Medical Implant Wire combines two or three metals on the interior and exterior, which are metallurgically bonded to achieve properties not available in a single alloy. Suited for coils, micro coils, electrodes, and leads requiring such properties as a conductive interior with a bio-compatible exterior, or high strength and corrosion resistance, the wire is said to provide greater ductility and formability than filled or plated wire.   link

Patent pending conductive fiber/textile transistor available for licensing

The Italian National Research Council announces a patent pending technology available for licensing.    The proposed  invention relates to a conductive fiber material that has been obtained starting from a textile fiber, that can be natural or artificial.   Such fiber can be modified by functionalization with metal nanoparticles and by treatment with a conductive polymer.  Both these treatments contribute to make this fiber conductive at the level of a metal wire, thus enabling the use of these fibers for making electrical connections in textile forms.

In addition, starting from this fiber, also the concept of textile transistor has been developed, thus providing the basic block of any complex electronic circuit in textile form.    PFor information, contact:  Paolo Foà. Managing partner, N&G Consulting, Technology Transfer and Licensing; Corso Di Porta Vittoria, 9; 20122 Milano - Italy
Phone +39 02 362161   Fax +39 02 36216366   Email p.foa@ngpatent.it    www.ngconsulting.it




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Sensing a Change: Q&A with Deepak Prakash, Global Director of Marketing for Digital Health at Vancive Medical Technologies

As the Council has discussed previously, this is an area ripe for innovation and inclusion of conductive fibers.  Read Deepak's article here.

Drew Freed Appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Micro-Coax
August 31, 2015 (Pottstown, Pa.) . Micro-Coax, a leading cable manufacturer for over 50 years who specializes in high quality custom transmission line solutions, today announced its Chief Operating Officer, Drew Freed, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Micro-Coax.  Mr. Kneizys stepped down after 26 years of dedication and service to the company.  Release

Beki-Shield® stainless steel fibers for conductive plastics

Beki-Shield® is a stainless steel filler material used in plastic compounds to provide electrical conductive properties.  They can be used as a master-batch and have been designed for easy dispersion into the polymer matrix for both injection molding (dry blend) and for compounding. Beki-Shield® is also available in rovings.  information

Flexible sensors come to market thanks to tens of millions of investment

Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than rigid sensors.  $75 million was recently awarded by the US Department of Defense to establish a new Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) for flexible hybrid electronics in San Jose, California. Under the acronym FHE MII, this new entity will follow a hub and node approach managed by the FlexTech Alliance.  more

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Functional catalyst for alternative fuel source by depositing nanosheets on a flexible carbon cloth

Researchers have explored molybdenum-based catalysts, notably MoS2, as a potential various electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution reactions. Research of MoS2 nanoparticles show that catalysis happens on edges or at defect websites. Because of this controlling the MoS2 morphology might result in controlling its catalytic exercise. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless a number of obstacles to creating MoS2 a possible industrial materials.   more


New nanomaterial maintains conductivity in 3-D

The research holds potential for increased energy storage in high efficiency batteries and supercapacitors, increasing the efficiency of energy conversion in solar cells, for lightweight thermal coatings and more. The study is published today in the online journal Science Advances.  more




New Layering Process Brings Graphene's 2D Properties to the 3D World

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have taken a significant step towards transforming high quality 2D graphene sheets into 3D macroscopic structures that could be used for applications such as thermal management for high power electronics, structural composites, flexible and stretchable electrodes for energy storage, sensors, and membranes.

In research published in the journal Science, the RPI researchers developed a new layered structure for graphene that addresses the problem of achieving the mechanical strength of graphene in its 3D form while maintaining its attractive thermal and electrical properties in its 2D form.    read more



Capacitive Fabrics Are Creating Batteries You Can Wear

As wearable devices become more and more numerous, they are going to need convenient new power sources so we don’t have dozens of chargers plugged in around our homes. The efforts toward pursuing a solution to this problem generally fall into two areas: means of generating, or harvesting energy on the go, and a way of storing that energy that goes beyond what we think of as batteries today.

A team at Drexel University has developed a "capacitive yarn" essentially tranforms fabric into an energy storage device by embedding functional materials into textile fibers at the molecular level. This was made possible through a process called natural fiber welding (NFW), which was developed by Paul C. Trulove at the US Naval Academy, who collaborated on the project.   more


Nanotube Fibers May Restore Electrical Health To Damaged Hearts And Disrupted Brain Communication
The Texas Heart Institute (THI) and Rice University — both Houston-based, have jointly received a prestigious American Heart Association grant. The three-year, $750,000 grant will support THI and Rice researchers in a study and test of soft, flexible fibers made of carbon nanotubes. The scientists say these fibers’ ability to bridge electrical gaps in tissue is a groundbreaking discovery that offers new hope to millions of people affected by cardiac arrhythmias — that is, any irregularity in the heart’s natural rhythms.  Read more     also here  

Super-stretchy fibers made by wrapping carbon nanotubes around rubber 

(Nanowerk News) An international research team based at The University of Texas at Dallas has made electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to over 14 times their initial length and whose electrical conductivity increases 200-fold when stretched.   Read more.      Be sure to watch the video, and more here.   .

Conductive Composites

Nate Hansen and George Hansen owners and founders of Conductive Composites gave the group a tour of their manufacturing line and described how they manufacture shielded wire and other things. They reinforce plastic with carbon fiber which increases the strength. Conductive Composites makes materials that shield digital electronics from outside electronic signals. Conductive Composites is currently in the process of moving a manufacturing line from the Green River plant to the Cleveland plant.  The article



Researchers Fabricate Electrically Conductive Nanocomposite Laminate with Less Graphene Loading

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a new method for commercial-scale fabrication of graphene. This could lead to significant advances in flexible electronics, and could possibly change the manner in which graphene is viewed and utilized.  The story


Tiny wires could provide a big energy boost
Yarns of niobium nanowire can make supercapacitors to provide a surge of energy when it’s needed.  By David L. Chandler | MIT News Office  more

Fibers Made by Transforming Materials
This is the kind of thing that excites some of our members and keeps us going--ed.  New approach could enable low-cost silicon devices in fibers that could be made into fabrics.  more


New technology using silver may hold key to electronics advances
Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a way to fabricate silver, a highly conductive metal, for printed electronics that are produced at room temperature.  read more

Google Wants You to Control Your Gadgets with Finger Gestures, Conductive Clothing
New Google technology addresses the tiny screen problem by letting you control wearables with tiny gestures, or by touching your clothes.   Read it here

Conductive Fiber Used for Google Pocket Mouse
The Council is prod to share a major use of conductive fiber:  http://www.pcworld.com/article/2928814/hands-on-googles-project-jacquard-plans-to-turn-your-jacket-into-a-trackpad.html

Unlocking the creation of wearable electronic devices
An international team of scientists, including Prof. Monica Craciun from the Univ. of Exeter, have pioneered a new technique to embed transparent, flexible graphene electrodes into fibers commonly associated with the textile industry.  The discovery could revolutionize the creation of wearable electronic devices, such as clothing containing computers, phones and MP3 players, which are lightweight, durable and easily transportable.  more

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Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Carbon Fiber, Source: DOE
The next generation of carbon fiber composites could reduce passenger car weight by 50 percent and improve fuel efficiency by about 35 percent without compromising performance or safety — an advancement that would save more than $5,000 in fuel over the life of the car at today’s gasoline prices.   Read more

ORNL demonstrates first large-scale graphene fabrication

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 14, 2015 -- One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a method demonstrated by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Graphene, a material stronger and stiffer than carbon fiber, has enormous commercial potential but has been impractical to employ on a large scale, with researchers limited to using small flakes of the material.  more

Graphene paint could power homes of the future

Editorial conmment:  This is really exciting.  Now let's put this on a fiber and get a fiber circuit.   the story 


Microcombing Could Make Carbon Nanotube Films Stronger And More Conductive
Microcombing could lead to carbon nanotube (CNT) films that are stronger and more conductive than current manufacturing techniques allow. This technology aligns nanotubes into more durable sheets that could hasten the day when they are widely used in aerospace as well as the development of new electronic devices. read more


Rice University lab extends meniscus-mask process to make sub-10 nanometer paths

Water is the key component in a Rice University process to reliably create patterns of metallic and semiconducting wires less than 10 nanometers wide.

The technique by the Rice lab of chemist James Tour builds upon its discovery that the meniscus – the curvy surface of water at its edge – can be an effective mask to make nanowires.     - See more

President Obama Launches Competition for New Textiles-Focused Manufacturing Innovation Institute; New White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative; and Funding to Support Small Manufacturers
In Cleveland, Ohio, the President launches ninth manufacturing hub competition and announces measures to strengthen the small manufacturers that power America’s supply chains.

WASHINGTON, DC  – Today the President is announcing nearly $500 million in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in cutting-edge technologies through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense, and by sharpening the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in twelve states. The White House, as detailed in a new report, is also launching a Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen the small U.S. manufacturers that anchor the nation’s supply chains.

The President’s Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, to create jobs and strengthen America’s leadership in advanced manufacturing technology, provides the resources to double the number of manufacturing innovation institutes nationwide to 16 by the end of 2016 and fulfills the President’s goal of building a network of up to 45 institutes over the decade. In contrast, the House Republican Budget released yesterday entrenches the harmful sequester levels of funding and proposes to eliminate the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, putting at risk critical investments in advanced manufacturing, workforce development and training, and innovation proposed in the President’s Budget.   more

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Energy Generating Cloth Invented: Wearable Triboelectric Nanogeneration

Scientists have successfully tested energy-generating cloth that could be used to charge wearable technologies such as smart watches and personal electronics - meaning you could soon be charging your mobile phone as you walk.  read more

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Explore the Radical New Enabling Technologies Behind Wearable Technology. 

Europe's biggest wearable technology event exploring the upcoming technologies and their market drivers.

Wearable Technology Europe - 28-29 April 2015 | Berlin, Germany 

If you seek to understand the driving trends, what is needed next and the state-of-the art technology developments, take a look at the event at www.IDTechEx.com/wteurope. Spaces are limited to ensure balance between fashion brands and suppliers.

Cornell student designs maternity clothes that would monitor the mother's health

THACA, N.Y -- Mothers-to-be spend a lot of time wondering about their health and the health of their baby.

A line of maternity clothing designed by a Cornell University student would provide real-time data to pregnant women and their doctors.

Blake Uretsky, a Pittsburgh-area senior at Cornell who is studying fiber technology, won a $30,000 scholarship from fashion designer Geoffrey Beene for her designs, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. more


New Fibers Could Lead to a More ‘Natural’ Neuroprosthesis

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a new complex multimodal fiber system that may be able to transmit drugs, light and electrical signals to the brain, according to a paper published in Nature Biotechnology.  Polina Anikeeva, PhD, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering stated the fibers could ultimately be used for precision mapping of responses of different regions of the brain or spinal cord, resulting in a new type of neuroprosthesis. more

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Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology 2015 Dates Released!

Join us in the 11th edition and always changing Smart Fabrics & Wearable Technology Conference taking place May 11-13 in San Francisco! In 2015 we will concentrate on bridging the gap between disciplines and creating a forum of discussion and collaboration between fields. 2014 was the most successful conference to date with over 300 industry leaders discussing the latest technology and product developments, markets, applications and human centered design, now we're striving to top it while planning for our 2015 conference!  http://www.smartfabricsconference.com/

Integral, Conductive Composites developing nickel-plated CF capacity

Integral Technologies Inc. and longtime supplier Conductive Composites Co. LLC have signed a memorandum of understanding for dedicated nickel-plated carbon fiber manufacturing capability.

Integral will supply equipment, and Conductive Composites will start a separate manufacturing line in a new facility in a to-be-identified location for production of conductive fibers that Integral’s wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp. proposes using in potentially metal-replacing polymer and composite products for electromagnetic shielding applications.  source


Wearable technology: a materials goldmine

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx www.IDTechEx.com

In 2025 over $25 billion will be spent on formulations and intermediate materials for wearable technology, as forecast by analysts IDTechEx in the brand new report "Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025". Companies at this early part of the value chain will enjoy a multiplier over the coming decade. They will participate in a rapidly growing market and they will take a greater percentage of it as some other parts of the value chain are eliminated. This is not because e-fibers will be used to create e-textiles from bandages to apparel. That is a longer term prospect. Instead, it is a matter of making today's devices differently. They need to be made smaller, flexible, more comfortable, often invisibly hidden in or under clothing or transparent. Other items in the wish list will sometimes include being implantable, disposable and a frequent request is that they should never be short of electricity. Indeed, power running out after a few hours, a common inadequacy today, can be life threatening with exoskeletons and medical e-patches and dangerous with planned glucose- indicating contact lenses and wristbands for severe diabetics.

In most cases, the only way forward is to abandon the 100 year old "components in a box" approach of almost all manufacturers of wearable technology today. Instead, we shall use structural electronics where smart materials are key. This will be a cornucopia for manufacturers of electronic and electrically functional materials that can be made into structures using those increasingly crucial intermediate materials.

However, this industry needs to prioritise and de-risk its future investments and analysts IDTechEx has now provided the tools to do this. Its report, "Wearable Technology Materials 2015-2025" finds large opportunities for organics, inorganics and composites. It tackles prioritisation in different ways. First it looks at which materials are low risk because they are useful in many different ways. For example, polyvinylidene difluoride is electrically a gymnast of chemicals. It and its derivatives can be electret microphone, ferroelectric memory, piezoelectric energy harvester and much more besides.

Then IDTechEx has looked at the prevalence of different formulations that are being used in planned integrated devices for the future. For example, there is great interest in lithium, indium and titanium salts across a broad sweep of functionality. III-V compounds feature strongly in next generation products such as flexible displays and photovoltaics for low light conditions. Carbon allotropes are very broadly researched for wearables and allied markets but there is not much on C60 buckyballs. Graphene is of more interest for future batteries, supercapacitors, flexible displays and so on.

Most of the world's leading companies making primary and intermediate materials will be using IDTechEx prioritisation tools to capture a major share of this large new market. There are also many niche opportunities for smaller players such as those specialising in the chemistry of tungsten or tantalum, where many new uses are emerging. Similarly, although fluorocarbons have large potential, there are plenty of niche opportunities for other organics and some very big ones. IDTechEx counsels that many new morphologies and formats are needed from electronic printing inks to metal feedstock for the new higher speed, lower cost 3D printing. These challenges with the new formulations identified reduce competition and open up opportunities for premium pricing.

Dr Peter Harrop,   Chairman, IDTechEx   +44 (0)1223 812300   p.harrop@IDTechEx.com

The Economist magazine publishes overview article about conductive fibers and your trade association.
Woven electronics.  An uncommon thread.

Conductive fibres: From lighter aircraft to electric knickers, flexible filaments raise a wide range of interesting possibilities...    Read the story here.


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