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Chunyi Zhi
Chunyi Zhi
Associate professor- Department of Materials Science and Engineering
TT: What next are you planning? Are you planning to commercialise or carry out some more studies?

Yes. We plan to commercialise. Before commercialisation, we need to carry out more textile-related studies, such as air permeability, washability, etc, and solve technical issues regarding wearing comfortability and safety, etc.

TT: Could you explain a little about use of this yarn battery in sensors and other medical uses? What kind of sensors? How will this battery make life easy for users of these sensors?

As most sensors are electronic devices, they need a battery to work. So, we use our yarn battery to power these electronics such as pulse sensor, watch, LED, etc. The pulse sensor can detect the pulse frequency of our heart. Most current batteries are rigid, so they are not flexible and cannot be wearable.

TT: What is the benefit of making a full dress of this battery or making battery part of a dress? What purpose will it serve?

When a dress is a battery, the dress itself can power various portable, flexible and wearable electronics, such as our smart phone, our medical sensor, etc.

TT: Do you see this development useful for fashion industry?

Yes. We believe it will be used in fashion industry.

TT: What kind of use is possible for this battery or yarn in fashion industry? Please explain a bit.

The battery can serve as a power source in a fashion garment. The yarn can serve as an electronic conductor in fashion garment.

TT: Could you tell why do we need a power source in a fashion garment or an electronic conductor? What kind of fashion garments? What is the effect for which this battery needs to be embedded in a fashion garment. How will it enhance its fashion quotient?

The yarn battery can work as a power source; then you don't need an extra one. Between the yarn battery and electronic devices embedded in the garment, you may need conductive yarn to connect them. That is, it needs a conductive yarn to connect the yarn battery with the electronic devices so that the yarn battery can power them. For fashion, you may need electronic devices, such as LEDs, lighting devices, displays (e-ink type or LCD) to enhance their fashion. Moreover, some health monitoring garments may incorporate some sensors, such as strain sensor, UV light sensor, pressure sensor, etc. Our battery can also be used to power these sensors.

Published on: 27/10/2017

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