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Nanotechnology in Smart Textiles and Wearables: Global Opportunity, Markets, Applications, Technologies and Companies

Nanotechnology in Smart Textiles and Wearables: Global Opportunity, Markets, Applications, Technologies and Companies

The number and variety of smart textiles and wearable electronic devices has increased significantly in the past few years, as they offer significant enhancements to human comfort, health and well-being. Wearable low-power silicon electronics, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) fabricated on fabrics, textiles with integrated Lithium-ion batteries (LIB) and electronic devices such as smart glasses, watches and lenses have been widely investigated and commercialized (e.g. Google glass, Apple Watch). There is increasing demand for wearable electronics from industries such as:

Medical and healthcare monitoring and diagnostics.
Sportswear and fitness monitoring (bands).
Consumer electronics such as smart watches, smart glasses and headsets.
Military GPS trackers, equipment (helmets) and wearable robots.
Smart apparel and footwear in fashion and sport.
Workplace safety and manufacturing.

However, improvements in sensors, flexible & printable electronics and energy devices are necessary for wider implementation and nanomaterials and/or their hybrids are enabling the next phase convergence of textiles, electronics and informatics. They are opening the way for the integration of electronic components and sensors (e.g. heat and humidity) in high strength, flexible and electrically conductive textiles with energy storage and harvesting capabilities, biological functions, antimicrobial properties, and many other new functionalities.

The industry is now moving towards the development of electronic devices with flexible, thin, and large-area form factors. Electronic devices that are fabricated on flexible substrates for application in flexible displays, electronic paper, smart packages, skin-like sensors, wearable electronics, implantable medical implements etc. is a fast growing market. Their future development depends greatly on the exploitation of advanced materials.

Nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (CNT), silver nanowires graphene and other 2D materials are viewed as key materials for the future development of wearable electronics for implementation in healthcare and fitness monitoring, electronic devices incorporated into clothing and ‘smart skin’ applications (printed graphene-based sensors integrated with other 2D materials for physiological monitoring).


  • EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    • WHAT ARE SMART TEXTILES?
      • Table Types of smart textiles.
      • Table Smart textile products.
    • NANOTECHNOLOGY AND SMART TEXTILE & WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY
      • Table Evolution of wearable devices, 2011-2016.
    • GROWTH IN THE WEARABLE ELECTRONICS MARKET
      • Recent growth
      • Future growth
      • Nanotechnology as a market driver
    • GROWTH IN REMOTE HEALTH MONITORING AND DIAGNOSTICS
    • FROM RIGID TO FLEXIBLE AND STRETCHABLE
  • RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
  • NANOMATERIALS
    • PROPERTIES OF NANOMATERIALS
    • CATEGORIZATION
      • Table Categorization of nanomaterials.
  • NANOMATERIALS IN TEXTILES
    • WHY USE "NANOTEXTILES"?
      • Table Desirable functional properties for the textiles industry afforded by the use of nanomaterials.
      • Protective textiles
        • Table Nanocoatings applied in the textiles industry-type of coating, nanomaterials utilized, benefits and applications.
      • Electronic textiles
    • CARBON NANOTUBES
      • Table Market summary for carbon nanotubes-Selling grade particle diameter, usage, advantages, average price/ton, high volume applications, low volume applications and novel applications.
      • Properties
        • Table Properties of CNTs and comparable materials.
      • Properties utilized in smart textiles and wearables
      • Applications in smart textiles and wearables
    • GRAPHENE
      • Table Market summary for graphene-Selling grade particle diameter, usage, advantages, average price/ton, high volume applications, low volume applications and novel applications.
      • Properties
        • Table Properties of graphene.
      • Properties utilized in smart textiles and wearables
      • Applications in smart textiles and wearables
    • NANOCELLULOSE
      • Table Market summary for nanocellulose-Selling grade particle diameter, usage, advantages, average price/ton, high volume applications, low volume applications and novel applications.
      • Properties
        • Table Nanocellulose properties.
        • Table Properties and applications of nanocellulose
      • Properties utilized in smart textiles and wearables
      • Applications in smart textiles and wearables
    • NANOFIBERS
      • Table Market summary for nanofibers- Selling grade particle diameter, advantages, average price/ton, high volume applications, low volume applications and novel applications.
      • Properties
      • Properties utilized in smart textiles and wearables
      • Applications in smart textiles and wearables
    • QUANTUM DOTS
      • Properties
      • Properties utilized in smart textiles and wearables
      • Applications in smart textiles and wearables
    • SILVER NANOWIRES
      • Table Market summary for nanowires-Selling grade particle diameter, usage, advantages, average price/ton, market estimates, high volume applications, low volume applications and novel applications.
      • Properties
      • Properties utilized in smart textiles and wearables
      • Applications in smart textiles and wearables
    • NANOSILVER
      • Table Market summary for nanosilver-Selling grade particle diameter, usage, advantages, average price/ton, high volume applications, low volume applications and novel applications.
      • Properties
      • Applications
    • ANTI-MICROBIAL NANOCOATINGS
      • Table Anti-microbial nanocoatings-Nanomaterials used, principles, properties and applications
      • Properties
        • Table Nanomaterials utilized in anti-microbial coatings-benefits and applications.
      • Applications
        • Table Anti-microbial nanocoatings markets and applications.
    • OTHER NANOMATERIALS IN SMART TEXTILES AND WEARABL
      • Graphene and carbon quantum dots
        • Table Schematic of (a) CQDs and (c) GQDs. HRTEM images of (b) C-dots and (d) GQDs showing combination of zigzag and armchair edges (positions marked as 1–4
        • Table Properties of graphene quantum dots.
      • Black phosphorus/Phosphorene
        • Table Electronic and mechanical properties of monolayer phosphorene, graphene and MoS2.
      • C2N
      • Germanene
      • Graphdiyne
      • Graphane
      • Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)
      • Rhenium disulfide (ReS2) and diselenide (ReSe2)
      • Silicene
      • Stanene/tinene
      • Tungsten diselenide
  • WEARABLE SENSORS AND ELECTRONIC TEXTILES
    • MARKET DRIVERS
      • Growth in the wearable electronics market
      • ITO replacement for flexible electronics
        • Table Comparison of ITO replacements.
      • Energy needs of wearable devices
      • Increased power and performance of sensors with reduced cost
      • Growth in the printed sensors market
      • Growth in the home diagnostics and point of care market
    • APPLICATIONS
      • Wearable electronics
        • Table Wearable electronics devices and stage of development.
        • Table Applications in wearable electronics, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
        • Table Applications in conductive inks by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
      • Wearable sensors
        • Table Graphene properties relevant to application in sensors.
    • GLOBAL MARKET SIZE AND OPPORTUNITY
      • Global market revenues
        • Table Global market for wearables, 2014-2021, units and US$.
      • Nanotech opportunity
      • Market challenges
    • PRODUCT DEVELOPERS
      • BonBouton
      • C3 Nano, Inc.
      • Chasm Technologies
      • FlexEnable Ltd.
      • Fuji Pigment Co., Ltd.
      • Graphene Nanochem
      • Graphwear Technologies
      • Haydale Ltd.
      • Heraeus
      • Inktec
      • Kishu Giken Kogyo Co., Ltd.
      • Linde AG
      • Nano Engineered Applications, Inc.
      • Nanointegris
      • NanoVation-GS
      • Nippon Paper Group
      • Nitto Denko
      • Oji Holdings
      • Poly-ink
      • Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Ltd.
      • Strategic Elements
      • Talga Resources Ltd.
      • Toray Industries, Inc.
      • Toyocolor Co., Ltd.
      • Vaposens
      • VTT Technical Research Institute
      • Vorbeck Materials Corporation
      • XG Sciences, Inc.
  • MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE SMART TEXTILES AND WEARABLES
    • MARKET DRIVERS
      • Universal to individualized medicine
      • Growth in the wearable monitoring market
      • Need for new materials for continuous health monitoring and adaptability
    • APPLICATIONS
      • Current state of the art
        • Table Wearable medical device products and stage of development.
      • Nanotechnology solutions
        • Table Applications in flexible and stretchable health monitors, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
        • Table Applications in patch-type skin sensors, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
    • GLOBAL MARKET SIZE AND OPPORTUNITY
      • Global market revenues
        • Table Potential addressable market for smart textiles and wearables in medical and healthcare.
      • Nanotech opportunity
      • Market challenges
    • PRODUCT DEVELOPERS
      • Eccrine Systems
      • Graphene Healthcare Pte Ltd.
      • GraphWear Technologies
      • MagArray, Inc.
      • Visca LLC
      • VTT
  • SMART CLOTHING AND APPAREL INCLUDING SPORTSWEAR
    • MARKET DRIVERS
      • Reduction in size, appearance and cost of sensors
      • Increasing demand for smart fitness clothing
      • Improved medical analysis
      • Smart workwear for improved worker safety
    • APPLICATIONS
      • Current state of the art
        • Table Currently available technologies for smart textiles.
        • Table Smart clothing and apparel and stage of development.
      • Nanotechnology solutions
        • Table Desirable functional properties for the textiles industry afforded by the use of nanomaterials.
        • Table Applications in textiles, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
        • Table Nanocoatings applied in the textiles industry-type of coating, nanomaterials utilized, benefits and applications.
    • MARKET SIZE AND OPPORTUNITY
      • Global market revenues
        • Table Global market for smart clothing and apparel, 2014-2021, units and revenues (US$).
      • Nanotech opportunity
        • Table Market assessment for the nanotechnology in the smart clothing and apparel market.
      • Market challenges
    • PRODUCT DEVELOPERS
      • Alexium International
      • Bigsky Technologies LLC
      • Bio-Gate AG
      • Bionic Technology Holding BV.
      • Bluetek Membrane Corporation
      • CeNano GmbH & Co. KG
      • Clearbridge Technologies Pte. Ltd.
      • CMR Coatings GmbH
      • Colmar
      • Dow Chemical Company
      • Eeonyx Corporation
      • Europlasma NV
      • Exigence Technologies, Inc.
      • Graphwear Technologies
      • Heiq Materials AG
      • HzO, Inc.
      • Hygratek, LLC
      • Ifyber, LLC
      • Imagine Intelligent Materials
      • Inno-X
      • Joma International AS
      • KH Chemicals BV
      • Lotus Leaf Coatings
      • Nanocare AG
      • Nanohorizons, Inc.
      • NanoMech
      • Nanomembrane
      • Nanosyntex, Inc.
      • NanoSys GmbH
      • Nanex Technologies
      • Nano-Tex
      • NanoXplore, Inc.
      • NBD Nano
      • Neverwet LLC
      • NTT Data
      • Oros Apparel
      • P2i
      • Reactive Surfaces, LLP
      • Sarastro GmbH
      • Seashell Technology LLC-Hydrobead
      • Shin-Etsu Silicones
      • Sioen Industries NV
      • Vestagen Protective Technologies, Inc.
      • Wacker Chemie AG
  • WEARABLE ENERGY STORAGE AND HARVESTING DEVICES
    • MARKET DRIVERS
      • Inadequacies of current battery technology for wearables
      • Need for flexible power sources
      • Energy harvesting for "disappearables"
    • APPLICATIONS
      • Current state of the art
        • Table Wearable energy and energy harvesting devices and stage of development.
      • Nanotechnology solutions
        • Table Applications in flexible and stretchable batteries, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
        • Table Applications in flexible and stretchable supercapacitors, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
        • Table Applications in energy harvesting textiles, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof.
    • GLOBAL MARKET SIZE AND OPPORTUNITY
      • Global market revenues
        • Table Potential addressable market for thin film, flexible and printed batteries.
      • Nanotech opportunity
        • Table Market assessment for the nanotechnology in the wearable energy storage (printed and flexible battery) market.
        • Table Market assessment for the nanotechnology in the wearable energy harvesting market.
      • Market challenges
        • Table Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the wearable energy storage and harvesting market.
    • PRODUCT DEVELOPERS
      • C3 Nano, Inc.
      • Canatu Oy
      • Georgia Tech
      • Nimbus Materials, Inc.
      • Solarmer Energy
      • Vorbeck Materials
  • REFERENCES

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