Specialty Fabrics Review August 2022 - 14

[ BRIEFS ] swatches
New fiber could lead to textile
batteries, displays and more
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Claude Huniade, a doctoral student at the
University of Borås, has developed a method
of producing conductive textile fibers while
retaining the material's flexibility and
durability. Photo: University of Borås
doctoral student at the University of Borås in Sweden has developed
a way to produce conductive textile fibers while keeping the textile
flexible. Called " Ionofibers, " they use ionic liquids, which are salt in a
liquid state but without water. Ionic liquid is a more stable electrolyte than
salt water as nothing evaporates. The fibers match the type of conduction
our body uses and could have future uses as textile batteries, textile
displays or textile muscles.
" My research is about producing electrically conductive textile fibers,
and ultimately yarns, by coating non-metals sustainably on commercial
yarns, " says Claude Huniade. " The biggest challenge is in the balance
between keeping the textile properties and adding the conductive feature. "
Perhaps the most promising aspect of the researcher's work is the fact
the materials are durable and could therefore be made at scale without
fear of damaging or compromising their conductivity.
" The fibers can also be woven or knitted without damaging them
mechanically while retaining their conductivity, " Huniade says.
" Surprisingly, they were even smoother to process into fabrics than
the commercial yarns they are made from. "
Wilson College of Textiles partners
with Baldwin Technology to
improve textile finishing
T
he Zeis Textiles Extension (ZTE) at North Carolina State University's
Wilson College of Textiles has formed a working relationship with the
Kansas-based Baldwin Technology Co. The college will use Baldwin's
TexCoat™ G4 precision spray technology for chemical applications in its
dyeing and finishing lab. This relationship will enhance sustainability in
the textile industry by reducing energy, water, chemicals and processing
time with innovative spray technology.
Other textile companies can partner with ZTE to use the pilot lab to test
new processes and products at an industry scale, exposing them to new
technologies and possibilities without interrupting their manufacturing
timelines. The labs within ZTE employ student workers and are available
for use in their capstone and research projects.
" NC State is recognized as a global leader in research and education
for the textile industry, " says Rick Stanford, Baldwin Technology's vice
president of global business development for textiles. " This opportunity
exposes future textile leaders to the benefits of our spray technology in
finishing and serves as a test site where brands, mills, chemical providers
and others in the textile supply chain are lining up to see Baldwin's TexCoat
sustainability capabilities firsthand. "
14 SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW / August 2022
Baldwin Technology Co.'s TexCoat G4 at Wilson
College of Textiles. Photo: NC State

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