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3rd June 2011, Nottingham

Smart and sensory materials with built in technology

Professor Tilak Dias, Nottingham Trent University

The East Midlands' materials hub project (MATHUB) is running a seminar aimed at all companies and individuals who have an interest in Smart and Sensory Materials with built in technology. Key speakers are leading textile academics Professor Tilak Dias of Nottingham Trent University and Dr John Williams of Leicester's De Montfort University.

"This exciting field of development has brought the traditional knitted structure a new lease of life. An interdisciplinary approach into textile material properties, performance and design has ensured that the knitting industry has a place in a world dominated by technology," organisers said in a press statement today, adding:

"Our speakers demonstrate advances that have been developed in our region and local universities. This is a ‘must attend event' for designers and development managers who need to be aware of cutting edge materials if they want to capitalise on the technology of tomorrow."

Event details

Wednesday 22nd June 2011

Time: 10.30am - 1.00pm

Location: The EMMAT Materials Hub office (MATHUB), 69-73, Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 3BB, United Kingdom (same location as the EMTEX Designer Forum).

Cost: £5+VAT Contribution to attend the event


Professor Tilak Dias

Professor of Knitting, at Nottingham Trent University, Tilak Dias, is leading the development of research in the field of electronic textiles, medical textiles and 3D knitting and knitwear design, enhancing the school's capacity to undertake internationally excellent research

Professor Dias will give an overview of his current projects demonstrating the exciting scope of smart and sensory materials, including:

Smart heating textiles (heated gloves, heating back supports and garments)

Knitted transducers, sensory and health monitoring garments

Knitted garments for motion detection and controlling electronic devices

Light emitting textiles (LET)

Textile antenna systems

3D seamless customized compression garments

 Dr John Williams

Dr John Williams, Principal Lecturer - Textile Engineering & Materials Research Group (TEAM), De Montfort University

His main research focus is on support and intervention for companies either in, or seeking to enter, the technical textiles / advanced fibrous materials markets.

Dr Williams will give an overview of projects that TEAM have worked on ranging from medical applications, defence materials to sustainable fibres and new reinforcements for composites including end of life considerations.


To register your interest for the event, please contact Maria Potempski at Babel Marketing and PR: email her at: [email protected]  tel01162592494

EMTEX, the lead body for Materials in the East Midlands, are running the EMMAT MATHUB project. EMTEX / EMMAT, working on behalf of EMDA have established the regions Materials Centre (MATHUB). EMMAT (East Midlands Materials Sector) are the brand under which the project is promoted.

This project is being part financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through EMDA's 2007-13 ERDF Competitiveness Programme.


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