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Upcoming Session: January 14, 2021 Register Now

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

Speaker info coming soon!

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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