A team of Stanford researchers is producing batteries and simple capacitors from ordinary textiles dipped in nanoparticle-infused ink. The conductive textiles – dubbed "eTextiles" – represent a new class of integrated energy storage device, born from the synthesis of prehistoric technology with cutting-edge materials science.
"We have been developing all kinds of materials, trying to revolutionize battery performance," said Yi Cui, assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford. "Recently, we started to think about how to make batteries in a very different way from before."
How would you like it if your phone started charging whenever you dropped it into your pocket? That may eventually be possible, thanks to a carbon nanotube-based ink that can turn many common fabrics into conductors, or even components of a charge-storing supercapacitor. These won't be showing up in a clothing store near you anytime soon, however, as ensuring that the fabrics only direct the charge to appropriate devices and not, say, to a sensitive body part will be a separate engineering challenge.
The general Director for the Department of Prevention and Communication (National Ministry of Health) and the director of the Council for Health Prevention of the Piemonte Region have signed an agreement to launch a National Observatory for the evaluation of health risks related to textile products, apparel, shoe and leather sectors.
Croatia provides an analysis of policy mixes to foster R&D investment in Croatia
and to contribute to the ERA.
The main objective of the report is to characterise and assess the evolution of the national policy mixes in the perspective of the national goals for R&D investments, and for the contribution to the realisation of the European Research Area, as associate country. This report is building on a synthesis of information from the ERAWATCH Research Inventory and other important available information sources. ERA plays an increasingly important role in the Croatian national research policy.
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- Completed the workshop: The role of innovation, with emphasis on the sectors of textile / apparel and information technologies