Smart Functional Materials

Smart Functional Materials are everywhere and are becoming increasingly durable, smarter and more functional. The textile industry is able to innovate thanks to new technology, smart materials and durable processes.

Society faces complex issues. Smart and functional materials can help address these issues. The digitisation of production networks is making it possible to rapidly introduce innovations on the market. The research group Smart Functional Materials (SFM) develops innovative concepts and products by way of practice-oriented research in collaboration with companies, researchers and students.

The future of fashion and textiles is materials!

The most important research areas of the SFM research group are

Sustainable textile

Within the research track "sustainable textile", new materials are being developed such as SaXcell, an innovative recycled cellulose fibre. Research is done into biomaterials and locally produced fibres. Design for recycling, LCAs and the circular economy of the textile chain are important themes. Read more about the current projects within the research track "sustainable textile"


Responsive smart textiles

Responsive smart textiles are textiles that respond to changes in the environment. Think of the integration of electronics in textiles, which makes it possible to measure body functions such as heart rate and temperature. The integration of sensors and actuators in textiles enables us to design an exoskeleton of textiles that can provide support in walking. Research is also being done into clothing or tents with integrated flexible solar cells to generate sustainable and off-grid energy. Below, you can read more about the current projects within the research track "responsive smart textiles"


Surface modification

The research track "surface modification" covers many different surface processing techniques, such as finishing, coating and laminating techniques, but also 3D printing on textiles. Digitisation offers new possibilities, such as surface processing that makes textiles more comfortable to wear, or nano particles that adhere to textiles. The adaptations of material properties make the textiles innovative and functional. Below, you can read more about the current projects within the research track "surface modification"


Know more?

Today textile is much more than just producing fabrics. You will discover this for yourself in our unique laboratory. For example, we test how quickly a fabric starts to pill. And we investigate the materials from which a fabric is made.

Textile lab

Collaboration with research group Smart Functional Materials

Thanks to multidisciplinary collaboration between business, research groups and education, innovative concepts and products are being developed. Collaboration takes place at the regional, national and international level.

The research group is connected to the following programmes:

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Visiting adress

Saxion, Smart Functional Materials
Van Galenstraat 19
7511 JL Enschede

Postal adres

Academie ACT / Smart Functional Materials
PO Box 70000
7500 KB Enschede

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