Smart materials

R&D manager Textile Functionalisation & Surface Modification
R&D Manager Technical Textiles & Composites

Smart textiles are able to sense and respond to changes in their environment, increasing as such their functionality to the wearer. The main application fields of smart textiles are safety and protection (e.g. technical textiles and workwear), medical support (e.g. monitoring of the elderly) and performance enhancement (e.g. fitness and sport).

CONTEXT brings together European researchers, manufacturers and main relevant stakeholders in order to develop joint ideas and initiatives which can be turned into advanced smart textile products.

cover Cure and Care brochure

Cure & Care textiles are designed to restore the patient to health, to improve the patient’s comfort experience and to optimise and facilitate the work of healthcare providers and medical staff. This brochure illustrates some of  Centexbel's developments in the field of textiles dedicated to health

The sector of photonic textiles in buildings and mobility contain real possibilities. Both areas are important within the H2020 projects of the European Commission in view of future and innovating textile applications. The integration of such novel textiles in buildings also complies with the European directives regarding the reduction of energy consumption with 20% in buildings by 2020 (Directive 2012/27/EU and the European Parliament and Council of 25 Otober 2012) and the construction of zero-energy buildings from 2021 onwards.

The aim of BIOHARV is to develop the necessary knowledge and expertise in the region to produce and characterise 100% polymer MER prototypes. The project will assist the local textile and plastic converting industries in implementing this technology.

Researcher "Textile Functionalisation & Surface Modification"
Amazon smart mirror

Amazon has obtained a US patent on a mirror allowing customers to virtually fit garments before ordering them online. The patent is an extention of the previously patented Echo Look camera.