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Smart textiles and their applications in different areas

2nd International Conference on Materials Science and Materials Chemistry
March 20-21, 2019 | London, UK

Vladan Koncar

University of Lille, France

Keynote : Mater Sci Nanotechnol


Smart textiles, encompassing electronics combined with textiles also called textronics or e-textiles, have a very promising realm in science and technology nowadays because of commercial viability and public interests. Smart textiles play a significant role as well in the European textile sector and assist the textile industry in its transformation into a competitive knowledge driven industry. Numerous materials and systems are available together with devices for sensing and actuation, but they are not compatible with a textile or with the textile production processes. They could be transformed into a textile compatible structure or even in a full textile structure. Smart textiles can be defined as textiles that are able to sense and respond to changes in their environment. They are able to detect different signals from the environment (temperature, light intensity, pollution…), to decide how to react and finally to act using various textile based, flexible or miniaturized actuators (textile displays, micro vibrating devices, LED, OLED…). The “decision” can be taken locally in case of embedded electronic devices (textile electronics) to smart textile structures or remotely in case the smart textile is wirelessly connected to clouds containing data base, servers with artificial intelligence software etc. and may be a part of Internet of Things (IoT) concept. This study focusses on research results concerning: -e-textiles for medical applications (Actinic Keratoses Photo Dynamic Therapy and ECG monitoring and diagnostics in real time), -Flexible displays based on electrochromic reaction for car dash boards, -New generation of meta materials for energy harvesting and data transmission and on -Fibrous sensors embedded to composite structures for Structural Health Monitoring in real time, in situ.


Vladan Koncar is Distinguished Professor at ENSAIT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles) an engineering institute in Roubaix, France – at University of Lille. He obtained his PhD in 1991 at the University of Lille in Villeneuve d’Ascq from November 2009 to November 2015 he was Head of Research at ENSAIT and Director of GEMTEX research laboratory. Koncar was AUTEX (Association of Universities for Textiles) President from June 2007 to June 2010. Koncar has also been Director of ENSAT International Relations from 2007 to 2009. He still serves as an elected member of ENSAIT Governing Board. He has been promoted Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Iasi, Romania in January 2010. Koncar is author of more than 250 scientific articles (ISI Web of science referred, book chapters, conference proceedings and patents). His research interests cover the area of flexible textile sensors and actuators, smart textile structures and modelling and control of complex systems. 

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