Master thesis project: solution blown conductive cellulose nonwovens
at RISE

Date Posted: 28/11/2019

Job Description

Background
Electronic textiles are fabrics that have incorporated electronics. Cellulose is a low-cost, sustainable, renewable and biocompatible material to produce textile. To invent cellulose based electronics textiles with flexibility, stretchability, biocompatibility and softness will propel innovations of applications in medicine and biomedical research, textile, health monitoring, information and communication. Moreover, the cellulose electronic textiles promise more sustainable technologies and life cycle, from the production and assembly of the devices to the ending with biodegradability and recyclability.

Organic electronics is a relatively new research field which began in the mid-1970s and attracted widespread interest after the Nobel Prize in chemistry 2000 was awarded to scientists for discovery and development of conductive polymers.

Nowadays, the major focuses of organic electronics are flat film-based applications such as display and lighting, transistors and solar cells. To move beyond the existing applications and to develop new realms using different functional materials, this project aims to explore a new and robust nonwoven technique, i.e., solution blown to produce cellulose based conductive nonwoven. The conductive nonwoven will have fiber microstructure and three-dimensional porous structure and will be further tested by collaborators at Linköping University and RISE Acreo for electrochemistry properties and device assemblies. 

Objective of the project
In this thesis project, a lab-scale solution blown equipment will be used to produce conductive cellulose nonwoven at RISE IVF, Mölndal. 

Methodology

  1. Literature review of the field organic electronics with emphasis on nonwoven smart textiles.
  2. Experimental work of producing and characterizing the solution blown conductive nonwovens and supplying materials for further test for collaboration partners at Linköping University and RISE Acreo.
  3. Discussions, meetings and workshops with the collaboration partners.
  4. Results analysis and improvement suggestions to produce better conductive nonwoven.
  5. Reporting and presentation of the project.

Requirement/knowledge 
Background knowledge of polymer, material, chemistry and physics.

Terms
Examiner: Christian Müller, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering[Click Here To Join] Chalmers, Gothenburg, contact telephone: +46 31 772 27 90.

Project start: October 2019 or Early spring 2020 or according to agreement.

Scope: 30hp

Placement: RISE IVF, Mölndal

Application 
For more information, please contact Philip Gillgard, Senior scientist at RISE IVF, contact telephone: +46 10 228 48 00 or Ting Yang Nilsson, Senior scientist at RISE IVF/Principal Research Engineer at Linköping University, contact telephone: +46 10 228 47 95. Please send your CV and application as soon as possible. The deadline for the application is 15 Dec 2019. Interviews with the candidates will be conducted before a selection is decided.

RISE IVF offers innovative and value-adding manufacturing solutions for sustainable growth and competitiveness in industry and society. As one of Europe’s top research institutes, we provide cutting edge resources and technologies within polymer and fiber development.

RISE is the Swedish Research Institute and innovation partner. In international collaboration with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the business community and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,800 employees support and promote all manner of innovative processes. RISE is an independent, state-owned research institute that offers unique expertise and about 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities, instrumental in future-proofing technologies, products and services. www.ri.se

Master thesis, nonwoven, fiber development, functionalized nonwoven cellulose, RISE, Mölndal

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type: Examensarbete
  • Location: Mölndal
  • Experience: Not Specified
  • Date Posted: 28/11/2019