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Technical Textiles

The Technical Textiles track will feature highly technical sessions supported in part by Georgia Tech’s School of Materials Science and Engineering. Each session will be led by experts in the fields of fibers and polymers, nonwovens, nanotechnology, biomedical engineering and more, and will provide a deeper look into the research driving textile innovation and product development for various industries. 

Full Session Schedule:           

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Moderated by:

Nian Liu, Assistant Professor, Materials and Nanotechnology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Speakers:

Po-Chun Hsu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University
Kelvin Fu, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
Sheng Xu, Assistant Professor of Nanoengineering, Bioengineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California San Diego

Description:

Equipping textiles with electrical power will potentially open up new functionalities and new markets that do not exist now. This  session will represent a unique opportunity to gather together experts from academia and industry working on textiles with self-powering capabilities. This research field has a strongly multidisciplinary character as it requires an extremely wide range of expertise and skills, spanning from materials, engineering, physiology and social sciences. The focus is on fiber-based and knitted materials with novel energy storage and/or energy harvesting functionalities, that allow envisaging innovative and breakthrough applications in smart textiles. The attention is not limited to the characterization, design, and development of novel materials, smart textiles and sensing devices, but it also targets issues related to the production and commercialization of innovative materials and garments.

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Moderated by:

Dr. Naresh Thadhani, Professor & Chair, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Speakers:

Adam Jakus, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Dimension Inx, LLC
Dr. Sabit Adanur, Professor, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University           
Dr. Jerry Qi, Professor and Woodruff Faculty Fellow, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech 

Description:

Direct-write 3-D printing is becoming increasingly popular for the manufacture of a wide range of products for biomedical, electronic, and structural applications, among others. Yet challenges remain in terms of process control, design of inks/paints, and the effects of process inherent heterogeneities, which are limiting the expansion of applications of this manufacturing approach. In this symposium, distinguished speakers will present advances in their respective approaches, and discuss the challenges associated with the direct-write 3-D process as a unique manufacturing method for a wide range of applications.

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Moderated by:

Jimmy Summers, Vice President - Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer, Elevate Textiles

Speakers:
Dr. Gunther Duschek, Managing Director & Global Head of Research & Development, Health, Safety, Quality, & Environment (HSQE), Rudolf Group
Emily Gigot, Sustainability Manager, SanMar
Rick Stanford, VP Global Business Development, Textiles, Baldwin Technology

Description:

What are your organization's goals for 2021 and beyond? Do they include "become more sustainable" and other long-term goals, but lack specific next steps? As the textile industry moves towards more sustainable business practices, many companies are left trying to figure out HOW to take steps forward towards their goals. In this panel-style discussion, we will talk to industry professionals representing various pieces in the supply chain about how to benchmark sustainability and how to set practical sustainability goals for the next month, the next year, and the next ten years. We will then explore the machinery, materials, programs, and processes companies can implement to accomplish these goals.

We will address different ways in which companies can: 

  • Reduce waste and emissions
  • Source sustainable raw materials, including fibers, dyes, chemicals, and coatings
  • More efficiently use and recycle resources like energy and water
  • Sustainably apply and use chemicals, dyes and coatings
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Moderated by: Dr. Rampi Ramprasad, Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Tech

Speaker Info
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Dr. Ghanshyam Pilania, Scientist, Los Alamos National Lab
Dr. Sridhar Ranganathan, Technical Director, Kimberly Clark Corporation
Dr. Yaroslava Yingling, Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University

Session Description:
The concept of rationally designing materials with novel properties through the use of data-driven methods is not just an appealing notion, but is also becoming a practical reality. This approach for exploring materials property space has the potential to mitigate the costs, risks and time involved in the laborious trial-and-error preparation and testing of potentially useful materials. Materials Informatics embodies this kind of rational strategy to systematically navigate through materials structure/property space, and involves a variety of methodologies to generate and analyze scientific and engineering materials data. It contains the three essential overlapping aspects of data generation, data management and knowledge discovery. Such techniques have already been successfully used in the design of new drugs, catalysts, and energy materials, and are beginning to make forays into other branches of materials science and engineering. This will attempt to bring together experts in academia and industry involved in Materials Informatics and Discovery.

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Moderated by:

Dr. Sungmee Park, Principal Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology

Speakers:

Kyung Cheol Choi, Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology
Dr. Suresh Sitaraman, Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tony Hooimeijer, President, Karl Mayer North America
Chong Ye, Ph.D. Student, Woodruff School of Mechanical EngineeringGeorgia Institute of Technology

Session Description:

In the mid-nineties, Smart Textiles heralded the emergence of a new era in textiles with promising opportunities that brought together multiple disciplines including electronics, computing, communications, sensors, and textiles in unique ways. In this symposium, experts from academia and industry will explore advancements in smart textiles and identify a path forward for realizing the promise and potential of this exciting technology to enhance the quality of life in a variety of applications.

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Moderated by: Kishor Gupta, Senior Research Scientist, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Speakers:

Diane Hess, Vice President of Technical, PBI Performance Products, Inc.
Presentation Title: Proven Performance and Innovation

Mohammad Hamza Kirmani, Materials Scientist, BNNT Materials
Presentation Title: Boron Nitride Nanotubes for Next-Gen Multifunction Fibers

Narayan Shirolkar, PhD Student, Georgia Institute of Technology
Presentation Title: Multichannel Hollow Carbon Fibers: Towards Lighter Composites

Dmitri Tsentalovich, Chief Operating Officer, DexMat, Inc.
Presentation Title: Conductive Carbon Nanotube Yarns for Wearables and Smart Textiles

Session Description:

High-performance fibers are made to meet special technical requirements, such as high strength, high modulus, high thermal and chemical resistance, durability, hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity, biocompatibility, and being smart and responsive. The symposium will focus on the design and manufacture of high-performance fibers and their applications. The major approaches used for making high-performance fibers include the use of additives, surface modifications, and specialized fiber spinning.

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