A team at the University of Exeter’s engineering department has developed a new technique that may make incorporating electronic fibers into clothing an everyday manufacturing occurrence. It’s anticipated that graphene, known as the thinnest material on the planet, could make that possible.
By weaving graphene-based fibers directly into the fabric, researches are eliminating the need for added materials like wires or electrodes. The ability to weave in the technology can enhance flexibility and functionality of touch-sensing and light-emitting devices, for example. Other potential applications include monitoring heart rates and blood pressure and performing medical diagnostics.
Dr. Ana Neves, co-author of the research said, “The key to this new technique is that the textile fibers are flexible, comfortable and light, while being durable enough to cope with the demands of modern life.”
The research project included international experts from the Centre for Graphene Science at the University of Exeter, the Universities of Aveiro and Lisbon in Portugal, and CenTexBel in Belgium. The team’s findings were published in Flexible Electronics.