The University of Borås ( www.hb.se ) has approximately 12 000 students and just over 700 employees. In collaboration with the public and private sectors, the university conducts education and research of high international quality with great societal relevance. HB is currently participating in 5 H2020 project (2 coordinated at HB). The nationally and internationally known Swedish School of Textiles, Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery and Swedish School of Library and Information Science are parts of the University of Borås, which also conducts research and teaching in healthcare, education, business and IT. The motto of HB is ‘Science for the Professions’, and signifies its strategy of conducting research and teaching at a high scientific level as well as working in close relationship with industry and the public and cultural sectors. HB has a well-developed department for administrative and economical routines for EU projects through its Grants and Innovation Office that serves researchers both in their participation of Horizon 2020 projects but also in the pre-project phase as well as during and after an EU project.
The Swedish School of Textiles at HB is one is one of the largest institutions for textiles in Europe, embracing ~1100 students and is active in research, innovation and education in advanced textile on BA, MA and PhD level. The related research and educational environment supports the entire textile value chain, and includes experimental practice based design, technology and management. Research is carried out on simulation of polymeric materials, polymeric nanocomposites, textile fibres with emphasis on conductive conjugated systems and piezo-electrical structures, three-dimensional weaving, knitting production, integration of sensorics with emphasis on biomedical monitoring, conductive coatings, surface chemistry, textile acoustics, textile photonics, functionalization by printing, sustainable textile processing and composites.
A special organisation of the Swedish School of Textiles is Smart Textiles which runs research and development projects in close collaboration with industry.More than 350 research and commercialization projects have been run
during the last ten years. In April 10th 2018 Smart Textiles was appointed as a hub for the future advanced textile and sustainable fashion by the Minister of Industry and Minister of Environment and in this truly unique occasion granted 4 M euro.
Dr. Nils-Krister Persson
| Workpackage Leader:
Textile Actuators and Large Scale Manufacturing (WP4) |
Nils-Krister is an Associated Professor at the Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås) and head of the Smart Textiles Technology Lab (University of Borås), which embrace technical-medical research on advanced textiles. Smart Textiles is an innovation hub for future textile products and processes and covers the whole value chain from polymer modeling, fibre technology, fabric forming processes, assembly, dyeing, printing and to a spectrum of integration on functionalization (electrical, chemical, medical etc.). Nils-Krister has broad experience in fibre and textile research and innovation. Of special interest – and part of the activities in his research group, Polymeric E-textiles, are conductive textile fibres, textile photonics, textile microfluidics, electromagnetic propagation, haptic technology, and water purification. In the last case a spin-off from his research, Waterweave was founded devoted to growing fungi on textiles for metal biosorption. In WEAFING the focus is on dynamic textiles i.e. textiles that inherently are able to move by different physical mechanisms. He developed textile surfaces based on thermal mechanisms, the Thermally Activated Textile Actuator, TATA system. Together with Linköping university textile actuators based on electroactive polymer systems and knitting and weaving constructions were developed.
Dr. Tariq Bashir
Tariq Bashir is an Assistant Professor at Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås). Tariq has expertise in functionalization of textile materials for smart and interactive applications. He has experiences working with different electroactive polymers (EPAs) and their deposition on conventional textile substrates by using various coating methods, which is also the vital part of the WEAFING project. His knowledge of coating methods, textile material selection and characterization of functional yarns/fabrics will contribute in WEAFING project and will also be beneficial for other work packages in the project
Dr. Li Guo
Li Guo is a senior research at the Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås). Li has experiences in smart textiles research and development, with a special interest in textile sensors and electrodes for healthcare application. Her knowledge of conductive materials and the characterization of conductive materials are high transferable to the project. The knowledge of the production of textile-bases electrodes using advance manufacturing technique will contribute to the WEAFING project.
Carin Backe is a textile engineer with a M.Sc. in textile technology from the University of Borås. Continuing her work at the university led to joining the Polymeric E-textiles group and the WEAFING project as the started her PhD education. The focus of her work is the construction of textile actuators by utilising textile manufacturing methods.
Claude Huniade is a PhD student in Textile Material Technology at the Swedish School of Textiles (University of Borås). He graduated in 2018 from École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries Textiles (ENSAIT) as a textile engineer in technical textiles and fibrous materials with a specialisation in smart textiles. For the WEAFING project, he focuses on the continuous coating of ionogels and electroactive polymers on textile fibres. His aim is to develop a pilot-line for the production of the electroactive yarns in respect to the textile manufacturing needs.