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Newsletter Issue 25 | November 2020


Welcome to the November issue of the E-Textiles Network newsletter

In this issue we celebrate the success of E-Textiles 2020, our first virtual conference!

Our next monthly webinar will be hosted by Prof. Tim Claypole on "From Proof of Concept to Volume Production" and more details can be found below.

Finally, we re-launch the E-Textiles Network Database of Skills and Expertise.

E-Textiles Network Steering Board
Thank you to everyone that joined us for E-Textiles 2020, we have received some fantastic feedback and will use this to shape future events. If you would like to submit some feedback, please complete this form.

E-Textiles 2020 had a total of 23 talks and 6 poster presentations presented over two days. The majority of presentations can be viewed on our website and we hope to have Q&A session recordings available soon.

E-Textiles 2020 presentations

Congratulations to Sandra Gellner from Hochschule Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences for winning the Best Student Paper Award for her presentation Textile-based battery using a biodegradable gel-electrolyte. Sandra's presentation can be viewed on our website.

Presented by Prof. Tim Claypole, Swansea University

The objective of the Welsh Government SMART Expertise “AFM2 Product Pipeline” project is to scale up demand driven innovative concepts where printing plays a significant role from the laboratory into volume production. This webinar will look at taking an innovative concept for a high technology garment through the AFM2 Product Pipeline from the lab to production, highlighting potential issues. The research challenge is to establish predictive algorithms to enable “right first time” from design through to production based on the relationships derived through the application of fluid mechanics, rheology, chemistry and the process operating parameters, driven by best practice based on sound scientific principles.

This webinar will be held on Friday 11th December 2020 1.00pm (GMT) To register for the webinar please complete the registration form.

We are still in the process of developing a database of skills and expertise in e-textiles for E-Textiles Network members.  This database would be searchable to help identify potential collaborators for specific projects e.g. project requiring large area printing expertise/facilities. 

Participation in the database is completed voluntarily but could be a good way of advertising your skills and facilitates which could lead to fruitful collaborations, research income and/or product development.

Initially we are looking to capture the information using a Google Form and will then collate and present it in a searchable format.  Please complete the form by Friday 18th December as we aim to compile the first directory by early January.

A Special Issue of Coatings, an Open Access Journal by MDPI

The scope of this Special Issue will encompass papers that include the following aspects of coatings on textiles, but also any other novel use of coatings, including aesthetic/design enhancements:
  • Provision of physical and mechanical enhancements (e.g., hydrophobicity, shape memory)
  • Chemical functionality (e.g., for controlled release of molecules, sensors)
  • Electrical and electronic activity
  • Environmental responsivity
Coating techniques may include any liquid, gaseous or plasma methods, either employed at the fiber stage or after fabrication of the textile. Performance assessment may include simulations, laboratory testing, and field testing, as well as referring to industry standards. 

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021. For more information please visit:

Members of the Advanced Textiles Research Group at Nottingham Trent University have recently published a review article on textile solar energy harvesting. The article 'A Review of Solar Energy Harvesting Electronic Textiles' focusses on the textile aspects of developed solar textiles, highlighting different textile properties and durability testing that has been conducted in the literature. The full article is available here:

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