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Flexible Electronics & Smart Textiles

Developing innovative flexible electronics and smart textiles that solve problems across industries.

With significant expertise in multifunctional plastics manufacturing, nanoscale manufacturing and printed electronics, UMass Lowell develops innovative flexible electronics and smart textiles that solve problems across a variety of industries.

architect's rendering of the new Fabric Discovery Center

Architect's rendering of the Lowell Fabric Discovery Center.

The state awarded UMass Lowell $11.3 million in June 2017 to establish the Fabric Discovery Center located at 110 Canal St. in Lowell. A hub where researchers and industry can collaborate, the Center will include prototyping and testing space for developing next-generation smart fabrics. The space-age fabrics will include sensors and communications features that can be woven into designs to do everything from detecting dehydration in soldiers to monitoring buildings for leaking pipes.

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Research Project Examples

  • Developing high-frequency printed conformal antennas, carbon-based transistors and photonic devices.
  • Researching wearable antennas for the military by printing small conductive patterns on uniforms.
  • Compounding and processing of new substrates for flexible hybrid electronics.
  • Printing and packaging from 2D and 3D printing technologies for wearable health monitoring, sensor and soft robotics programming.

Contact Information

Are you interested in partnering with UMass Lowell on any of these exciting, new technologies? Contact Arlene Parquette, Associate Vice Chancellor, Industry Partnerships and Economic Development.

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