Tech Apero – Smart Fibers for Wearable Sensors and Drug Delivery

Tuesday 5 November 2019
16:30 -19:00

Fibers and textiles are the only materials perennially in constant contact with our bodies. With the Internet of Things, clothes have become intelligent materials able to support the wearer, for instance as devices for medical assistance. Through consortia involving the major textile companies in Switzerland and academic research sponsored by the CCMX, new insights into fiber science are leading to the development of advanced technologies that allow wearable textiles to sense, monitor and respond to physiological or environmental changes.

Over the course of this Technology Apéro, the scientists leading the CCMX project, René Rossi and Fabien Sorin, will present novel fiber technologies based on electrospinning and thermal drawing, for on demand drug delivery and monitoring of specific metabolites. Moreover, Schoeller and Syngenta will present R&D developments, giving us an insight into the future of commercial textiles.

This event will be a perfect opportunity for you to discuss with industrial leaders and academics at the forefront of fiber research and development. Additionally, future research directions will be examined, allowing us to define the key challenges that need to be addressed to create integrated smart wearable sensors or drug delivery devices for the market. The Technology Apéro will provide an optimal platform for starting new interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle the future of high-tech textiles materials.

The informal aperitif, offered after the talks, is an occasion to meet the speakers and explore opportunities for collaboration. Please join us!


16h00 Registration begins

16h30 Welcome and Introduction

René Rossi, Empa and Fabien Sorin, EPFL

16h35 Smart textiles shape the future of the textile industry
Siegfried Winkelbeiner, Schoeller-Textiles

16h55 Fiber innovations at EPFL: towards the next generation of smart textiles
Fabien Sorin, EPFL

17h15 Fibers in crop protection and vector control
Alexander Schaetz, Syngenta

17h35 Smart textiles for sensing and medical applications
René Rossi, Empa

18h00 Aperitif and networking


Please register online here by Thursday, 31 October, 2019. Please contact Carey Sargent in case of any questions.

Participation is free of charge but we ask that you register for organizational purposes.  

Technology Aperitifs give participants the opportunity to

  • Learn more about hot materials science topics in fields of interest to industry
  • Stimulate creativity for future applications
  • Create contacts for potential partnerships
  • Network in a pleasant environment