Exciting Thesis on Conductive Polymer Fibres to be Presented

The goal of her research project is to prepare electro-conductive composite fibers using conductive materials such as carbon nanotubes or polyaniline, mixed with common insulating textile polymers.

“Both carbon nanotubes and polyaniline are unique materials and are under great attention among researches to find applications in novel technologies”, she says.

“The electro-conductive polymer fibers have potential applications in smart and technical textiles which as advanced material are more efficient, low weight, and have more functions than the conventional textile. For example, medical textiles can help elderly people to improve their life quality, or high efficiency filters can improve the environmental conditions.

Electro-conductive polymer composite fibers are expected to be used instead of currently available metallic fibers, so they would have potential technical and economical benefits for the smart textile producers who are the main stakeholders of the project. For example conductive polymer fibers can have a wider range of conductivity than metals which introduces new products. Furthermore, metallic fibers have some drawbacks such as mechanical flexibility and poor compatibility with the other textile fibers”.

Her research is connected to other research fields:  At the Swedish School of Textiles a research group embedded conductive fibers in a textile structure and made a flexible single wire keyboard, and recently the Biomedical research group at the School of Engineering has investigated a knitted structure of the fibers to be used as textile electrode for heart rate monitoring.

Matching back ground

Azadeh Soroudi comes from Iran. After graduating from polytechnic of Tehran in polymer engineering, she worked for four years in research and development section of a manufacturer company that was the first producer of polymer films and multilayer flexible packaging laminates in Iran. Beside the work she studied for a master in polymer technology at the University of Tehran.

She came to the University of Borås in 2006 to study a master program. Soon she realized that the School of Engineering did research on polymer technology. In 2007 she got involved in the research project on electro-conductive composite fibers and in 2008 she was engaged as a PhD student under the supervision of professor Mikael Skrifvars.

- What will you do when you have your PhD?

“I would like to continue the research on polymers, either at a university or in a company or research institute, preferably in Sweden”.

Title of the thesis: Melt Spun Electro-Conductive Polymer Composite Fibers 
Dissertation at Chalmers University of Technology on May 20
Time: 10:00
Place: KC-salen- Kemigården 4, Göteborg.
Opponent: Prof. Mikael Hedenqvist, KTH