Lack of proper connectors that allow for easy integration in textile manufacturing process is a big challenge in the industry. We will talk about our work developing an e-Textile interconnect system along with solutions around insulation of conductive elements, weaving techniques and formulation of industry standards. We will discuss our collaborative efforts and the importance of building partnerships to navigate the complex e-Textiles ecosystem.
Dr. Renuka Dhandapani is a Textile Chemist at Cotton Incorporated, a not-for-profit organization that promotes research and marketing on cotton fiber. Renuka's focus has been on wearables and 3D printing and how cotton can be used in these areas. She has been at Cotton Incorporated for four years working on new functional finishes that can improve the properties of cotton fabric. She has a Ph.D. in Textile Sciences from University of Georgia and a Master's in Design and Merchandising from Colorado State University.
Cotton incorporated is the research and promotion company for cotton. Funded by U.S. cotton growers and cotton importers, the not-for-profit organization's mission is to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton. As a resource for the cotton industry, Cotton Incorporated conducts or oversees more than 500 research and educational projects each year.
Research areas range from the development of agricultural and textile innovations to analyses of commodity and market data. Through its management of the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board, the company provides educational support to fashion and textile design students, and conducts industry-focused technical workshops around the world.