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Micro fabrication production technology for MEMS on new emerging smart textiles/flexibles

Objective

This proposal concerns flexible materials in the form of high added value smart fabrics/textiles which are able to sense stimuli and react or adapt to them in a predetermined way. The challenge for the European textile industries is to add advanced functions to textiles and the recent progress of new technologies such as electronic inks provide an opportunity for a breakthrough by incorporating MEMS on flexible textiles/fabrics. The project will exploit microfabrication to produce, using custom printing processes, active functions cost efficiently. We propose to develop fundamental micro fabrication production technologies for MEMS on fabrics/textiles using flagship demonstrator applications. This will result in a cheap, easy to design, flexible, rapid, way to manufacture multifunction smart textiles/garments for a large set of multi-sectorial applications. The processes will be based on thick film printing and sacrificial etching for the MEMS structures. Subsequent inkjet printing will be used to deposit thinner structures on the thick film printed layers incorporating for example active nanoparticles to add further functionality. These printing processes have many benefits including low-cost, repeatability, flexibility, suitability for high throughput production, relatively inexpensive equipment, short development time and the capability of depositing a wide range of materials. All the novel printed inks will be electrically activated sensors and actuators and we will use standard electronic devices for power supply/storage, signal processing and communications offering low price and mass production. The project will undertake a number of initial demonstrators of the underlying basic technology. These will be based on: light emission, cooling/heating, anti-static effect, energy harvesting, micro-encapsulation and actuation. MICROFLEX is a perfect example of the transformation of a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2007-LARGE-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 210 378
Administrative Contact
Steve Beeby (Dr.)

Participants (12)

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 603 350
Address
Jamova 39
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jadran Lenarcic (Prof.)
DEUTSCHE INSTITUTE FUR TEXTIL- UND FASERFORSCHUNG DENKENDORF
Germany
EU contribution
€ 380 570
Address
Korschtalstrasse 26
73770 Denkendorf
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Peter Steiger (Mr.)
VERSTRAETE-HAHN NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 191 025
Address
Sprietestraat 280
8792 Desselgem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Renaat Declerck (Mr.)
Klopman International Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 358 125
Address
Localita Mola Dei Frati
03100 Frosinone
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Antonio Andretta (Mr.)
MEGGITT AS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 362 400
Address
Porthusvej 4
3490 Kvistgaard
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erling Ringgaard (Dr.)
PAUL BOYE TECHNOLOGIES
France
EU contribution
€ 195 531
Address
Avenue De Lagardelle 1564
31810 Le Vernet
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jacques Boyé (Mr.)
OTTO-VON-GUERICKE-UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 209 798
Address
Universitaetsplatz 2
39106 Magdeburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Hauptmann (Prof.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU TEXTILE ET DE L'HABILLEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 679 960
Address
Rue Des Reculettes 14
75013 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Philippe Guermonprez (Dr.)
ELASTA IND. NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 098
Address
Textielstraat 15
8790 Waregem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Annick Depre (Mrs.)
ARDEJE SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 499 925
Address
Rue Georges Auric 4
26000 Valence
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Pierron (Mr.)
SAATI SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 122 400
Address
Via Milano 14
22070 Appiano Gentile
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eugenio Rossotti (Dr.)
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 495 890
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Cristina Barragan (Ms.)