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27.01.2022 – 10:55


Eindhoven/Netherlands (ots)

Smart Textiles: Textiles with intelligent functions are the next billion dollar market

Example: “Solar clothing that powers organic electronics woven into the fabric”

“Fibers with atomic coatings will turn the textile industry upside down,” predicts Frank Verhage, CEO of Dutch technology start-up SALD BV (Eindhoven). The company name stands for “Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition” (SALD) and describes a process for applying atomically thin layers to fibers, for example. By stacking multiple layers of different substances that undergo controlled chemical reactions, properties can be created that are “completely insane” (Frank Verhage). The SALD boss speaks of a “textile revolution”, comparable to the invention of synthetic fibers or synthetic dyes since the middle of the 19th century.

2020s are the beginning of the techno fiber

“The 2020s will go down in history as the beginning of the techno fiber,” Frank Verhage is convinced. His company says it has developed a unique, patented process for applying coatings as thin as a single atom on an industrial scale. Different substances can be applied with each layer, resulting in a chemical reaction with the previously applied substance. This allows the creation of functionally completely different substances, complex compounds, polymers and hybrid organic and inorganic materials. Despite the high level of functionality, the resulting surfaces are extremely thin: If, for example, you stack eight levels on top of each other, the fiber coating is still thinner than 1 nanometer, i.e. 0.000001 millimeters. Compared to chemical treatment methods, atomic coating has the advantage that it is carried out in a dry instead of a wet process, does not require a complex drying process and leaves no chemical residues.

New areas of application for textiles

“Atomic-coated fibers describe the miniaturization that we otherwise only know from computer chip production. The term techno-fibers is better because the atomic layers can be used to bring technological properties into the textile world that are comparable to the upheavals in chip development in the computer world,” pulls Frank Verhage a comparison. A future generation of smart textiles can light up, heat and record or transmit data. “At the same time, the innovative technical fibers can be used in areas where textiles had not even been considered before, for example for solar cells, transistors or sensors. “Think of clothing that generates enough energy from sunlight to use the energy woven into the fabric organic electronics with a permanent supply of electricity,” says SALD boss Frank Verhage, giving an example for the future. as he puts it, “a selection of thousands of application scenarios.” He explains: “The principle applies: whoever makes the future has it. Just ten years ago, nobody could have imagined today’s smartphones. Thanks to technological fibers, the textile industry is facing a similarly fundamental change towards smart textiles. Anyone who relies on SALD is there from the start.”

fashion, medicine, hygiene

The fashion industry, which has so far been determined primarily by fashion trends, can in future also be further developed by technology-driven trends thanks to “Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition”. New materials enable outfits that have never been seen before, with new properties that are thinner, more durable, more weatherproof or “just” more chic. Techno-textiles can be used far beyond clothing for medical and hygiene products such as bandages, bandages, mouth-nose masks and many other areas of application.

The Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) expects the global market for smart textiles to swell to more than 40 billion euros by 2030. That would be about a tenfold increase compared to today’s market volume.

BALANCE (www.spatialald.com) has developed “Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition”, a worldwide unique, patented process for applying coatings on an industrial scale that are as thin as a single atom. These atomic coatings will revolutionize entire industries, including the manufacture of battery cells for cars and smart devices, the textile industry/fashion and the solar energy industry.

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Web: www.spatialald.com

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