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New Materials for Textiles

Advances in new material technology have created enormous opportunities and challenges for the textile industry. Such technology requires understanding, manipulating and control of matter at the nano-scale, so that the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the materials can be engineered, synthesized, and altered to develop the next generation textiles. Such materials at molecular level can be used to develop desired textile characteristics, such as high tensile strength, unique surface structure, soft hand, durability, water repellency, fire retardancy, antimicrobial properties and so on. Graphene and other 2D material with their incredible thermal electrical, optical, and mechanical properties has already shown great prospects in developing next generation textiles. Other nano-engineered functional textiles also demonstrated great potential to revolutionize the clothing industry as they can offer new properties or the combination of different functions in one textile material as well as significant improvement in existing functionality.   

Wearable Electronic Textiles (E-Textiles)

Advances in new material technology have created enormous opportunities and challenges for the textile industry. Such technology requires understanding, manipulating and control of matter at the nano-scale, so that the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the materials can be engineered, synthesized, and altered to develop the next generation textiles. Such materials at molecular level can be used to develop desired textile characteristics, such as high tensile strength, unique surface structure, soft hand, durability, water repellency, fire retardancy, antimicrobial properties and so on. Graphene and other 2D material with their incredible thermal electrical, optical, and mechanical properties has already shown great prospects in developing next generation textiles. Other nano-engineered functional textiles also demonstrated great potential to revolutionize the clothing industry as they can offer new properties or the combination of different functions in one textile material as well as significant improvement in existing functionality.   

Digital Manufacturing (industry 4.0)

Digital manufacturing technologies have been considered an essential part of the continuous effort towards the reduction in a product’s development time and cost, as well as towards the expansion in customisation options. The rapid advance of digital operation technologies and Industry 4.0 are the next logical steps in maintaining and further strengthening the ever-growing textile market. The increasing connectivity of functions across the value chain (smart factory and operations), smart connected products and data-driven services can offer significant improvement in productivity, great savings in servicing and maintenance costs, as well as an increase in "time-to-market". In addition, smart connected products serve as a technological foundation for incorporating new business models such as platforms, "as-a-service" models, or data-driven business models and thereby exploit new revenue pools. In this theme we will focus on real industrial case studies, Industry 4.0 business tools and concepts, this event aims to create a greater awareness of the latest developments, associated opportunities, and challenges.   

Sustainable Textile Manufacturing

Advances in new material technology have created enormous opportunities and challenges for the textile industry. Such technology requires understanding, manipulating and control of matter at the nano-scale, so that the physical, chemical, and biological properties of the materials can be engineered, synthesized, and altered to develop the next generation textiles. Such materials at molecular level can be used to develop desired textile characteristics, such as high tensile strength, unique surface structure, soft hand, durability, water repellency, fire retardancy, antimicrobial properties and so on. Graphene and other 2D material with their incredible thermal electrical, optical, and mechanical properties has already shown great prospects in developing next generation textiles. Other nano-engineered functional textiles also demonstrated great potential to revolutionize the clothing industry as they can offer new properties or the combination of different functions in one textile material as well as significant improvement in existing functionality.   

Circular Economy

Heavily reliant on non-renewable resources, today’s textile industry follows a linear model from raw material to production eventually ending up as waste. A transition to a circular economy for textiles is the one based around principles of closed loop systems, where waste becomes a valued resource for continued cycles within the value chain. We are interested in topics that may be linked to material recovery, re-use, recycling, and regeneration with case studies demonstrating real world examples of new systems, services and materials within the textile and related industries. We are also interested in the growing field of research into materials and the bio-economy.  

Smart Functional Textiles

Smart functional textiles are changing the way we think about the role of fabrics for industrial purposes and everyday use. With new technological advancements, we are moving closer to a future where fabrics are functional, beautiful, and responsive. High performance functional clothing that are light-weight, comfortable and extremely durable are of great interest for numerous applications including active wear, sportswear, and extreme conditions. This theme aims at facilitating an important session involving academic and industry experts, exploring the latest development in smart functional textiles, as well as outlining the future research and development directions for such textiles.   

Personal Protective Clothing

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a critical component that can be used to mitigate the risks from exposure to hazardous substances and highly infectious diseases including COVID-19. Water repellent or barrier finishes have recently been widely used in protective medical clothing to control, destroy, or suppress the growth of pathogens and their negative effects of odour, staining, and deterioration. Additionally, antimicrobial finishes can be highly effective against pathogens in preventing infections either by killing or by inhibiting viruses and bacteria and could be applied onto protective medical clothing. Although there have been many advisory publications from various organizations and regulatory bodies about the specification and use of PPE, there remains the unmet need for safer and more effective PPE around the world and a clear understanding and knowledge about the regulatory standards for such equipment. In this theme, we are looking for speakers from academia, industry, and regulatory bodies to cover latest developments and future trends for smart and sustainable personal protective clothing.