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Eco-sustainable textiles

23rd June 2011 a convention on eco-sustainable textiles was organised in Alzano Lombardo (Bergamo - Italy) for an in-depth study on the topic of concrete opportunities for renewal and economic development. A competition for young designers who have to create a small themed “women’s Summer collection” using environmental friendly and recycled fabrics. An open event, where fabrics and the garments produced are exhibited, and with themed entertainment.

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E-textiles get fashion upgrade with memory-storing fiber

The integration of electronics into textiles is a burgeoning field of research that may soon enable smart fabrics and wearable electronics. Bringing this technology one step closer to fruition, Jin-Woo Han and Meyya Meyyappan at the Center for Nanotechnology at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., have developed a new flexible memory fabric woven together from interlocking strands of copper and copper-oxide wires. At each juncture, or stitch along the fabric, a nanoscale dab of platinum is placed between the fibers. This "sandwich structure" at each crossing forms a resistive memory circuit. Resistive memory has received much attention due to the simplicity of its design.

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Award ceremony of Textile Science Research Centre

Award ceremony of Textile Science Research Centre of the most successful scientific or artistic research work of young scientists in the field of textiles was held on 18th of July 2011.

The competition was divided into two separate categories:

1st category: for full time students of undergraduate/graduate students of University
                    of Zagreb Faculty of Textile Technology.

2nd category: for doctoral students of TTF

Papers submitted for the competition were collected, reviewed and published in the book entitled Young scientists in the protective textiles research. The promotion of this book was held on the occasion of the TSRC award ceremony at the premises of Rectorat of the University of Zagreb.

 

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Research examines how to apply conductive nanocoatings to textiles

Imagine plugging a USB port into a sheet of paper, and turning it into a tablet computer. It might be a stretch, but ideas like this have researchers at North Carolina State University examining the use of conductive nanocoatings on simple textiles – like woven cotton or even a sheet of paper.

"Normally, conductive nanocoatings are applied to inorganic materials like silicon. If we can find a way to apply them to textiles – cheap, flexible materials with a contorted surface texture – it would represent a cost-effective approach and framework for improving current and future types of electronic devices," says Dr. Jesse Jur, assistant professor of textile engineering, chemistry and science, and lead author of a paper describing the research.

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News from Croatia - Clusters in Croatia

The process of encouraging and developing cluster systems in Croatia is mainly coordinated by the Ministry of Economy, labour and Entrepreneurship (MElE) in collaboration with partner institutions: the Croatian Employers association, the Croatian Chamber of Economy and the Croatian Chamber of Crafts.

Since each of the institutions supports its respective clusters, it is difficult to establish an accurate and unique list of all the clusters in the Republic of Croatia. however, in a recent mapping carried out within the WBC-INCO.NET project, it is estimated that there are currently about 50 different clusters with a steady upward trend.

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