Textile and Yarn for Chemical Sensing and Smart Wearable Devices

A special issue of Chemosensors (ISSN 2227-9040). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials for Chemical Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2021) | Viewed by 697

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Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Interests: wearable sensors; diagnostics; precision medicine; point-of-care analysis; electrochemical sensors; neural probes; accessible testing; equitable healthcare
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Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry,Universidad de Oviedo, Calle San Francisco, 3, 33003 Oviedo, Asturias, Spain
Interests: Analytical Chemistry; (Bio)Electroanalysis
Department Micro- and Nanofabrication, INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory,Avenida Mestre José Veiga s/n, 4715-330 Braga, Portugal
Interests: Sensors; Microfluidics; Life-Science Engineering; Diagnostics; Soft-robotics
Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
Interests: biosensors; bioelectronics; smart textiles
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chemical sensors are critical components of medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and industrial processes; innovations in their design are key for addressing challenges faced by our society, such as the need for accessible and affordable on-site testing, continuous and non-invasive health monitoring, and adapting of sensing capabilities to the recent revolution in data science. The adoption of new materials and new designs has been the fuel for advancing the field of chemical sensors. There is growing interest in textile and yarn as promising materials for the development of chemical sensors with diverse functionality and adaptability.

Yarn and textile have been cultivated by humans for thousands of years. The many years of engineering dedicated to developing techniques for the spinning of yarn and creation of fabrics gives this material a unique advantage. Yarn and textile are ubiquitous, inexpensive, are available in a variety of materials such as Nylon and cotton, can transport fluids without the need for a pump, have excellent mechanical properties in both dry and wet states, offer large surface areas for functionalization, and can be manipulated at large scale using existing industrial machinery (i.e., knitting and sewing machines). These properties offer unique opportunities for the integration of sensing components in yarn and textile and for developing wearable devices, complex fluidic designs, and inexpensive on-site testing platforms.

This Special Issue will publish a collection of manuscripts that describe the latest advances on the use of textile and yarn to fabricate chemical sensors and smart wearable devices. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Application of yarn and textile for development of microfluidic platforms
  • Wearable devices with sensing components integrated in textile and yarn
  • Methods of textile and yarn functionalization
  • Wearable e-textile technologies
  • Electrochemical analysis of textile and yarn
  • Optical textile sensors
  • Repurposing of ubiquitous techniques such as knitting and weaving for fabrication of advanced textile- and yarn-based sensors and microfluidics
  • Affordable diagnostic devices made of yarn and textile
  • Textiles with theranostic capabilities
  • Immunoassays on yarn
Dr. Maral Mousavi
Prof. Dr. M. Teresa Fernández Abedul
Dr. Alar Ainla
Prof. Jun Chen
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  • Thread-based microfluidics
  • electrochemical sensor
  • wearable devices
  • textile
  • fabric
  • yarn
  • thread
  • sensor
  • detection
  • diagnostics
  • medical testing

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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