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  • 1.
    Biswas, Tuser
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Yu, Junchun
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Nierstrasz, Vincent
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Digital inkjet printing of antimicrobial lysozyme on pretreated polyester fabric2022Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Lysozyme was inkjet printed on two different polyester fabrics considering several challenges of printing enzymes on synthetic fabric surfaces. Wettability of both the fabrics were improved by alkaline pre-treatment resulting reduction in water contact angle to 60±2 from 95°±3 and to 80°±2 from 115°±2 for thinner and coarser fabric respectively. Activity of lysozyme in the prepared ink was 9240±34 units/ml and reduced to 5946±23 units/ml as of collected after jetting process (before printing on fabric). The formulated ink was effectively inkjet printed on alkali treated polyester fabric for antimicrobial applications. Retention of higher activity of the printed fabric requires further studies on enzyme-fibre binding mechanisms and understanding protein orientation on fabric surface after printing

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  • 2.
    Biswas, Tuser
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Yu, Junchun
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Nierstrasz, Vincent
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Enzyme immobilization on textiles by inkjet printing for advanced applications2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Immobilization of enzymes on textiles can impart a range of advanced applications e.g. anti-microbial, controlled release, drug delivery and bio-sensing (Wehrschütz-Sigl et al., 2010). Such applications enable minimal consumption, recovery, and reusability of these valuable bio-materials compared to their conventional textile applications in surface cleaning and finishing (Araujo et al., 2008). Methods used for immobilization can play important roles to ensure precise, flexible and contamination free application. Compared to many of the conventional methods of textile immobilization such as coating and screen-printing, digital inkjet technology offers many benefits for such advanced applications (Kan and Yuen, 2012). Among various inkjet technologies, drop-on-demand piezoelectric printing is a promising resource-efficient technology for enzyme immobilization. 

     

    The enzymes should retain high activity after the immobilization process. Various factors involved during inkjet printing (Saunders and Derby, 2014) and fabric characteristics (Mohamed et al., 2008) can influence this enzymatic activity. Factors concerning the inkjet procedure include rheology and ionic nature of ink along with the shear force and waveform generated inside a piezoelectric printhead (Magdassi, 2010). Factors dependent upon fabric characteristics include surface structure, pore size distribution, and binding mechanism (Nierstrasz and Warmoeskerken, 2003). In this work, we have studied the effects of inkjet procedures on enzymatic activity. Lysozyme being a stable and well-studied enzyme was chosen for our experiments. A Xennia Carnelian printer with a Dimatix QS10 industrial printhead was used for inkjetting. Lytic activity of lysozyme was studied by a UV-Vis spectrophotometer against decrease of Micrococcus lysodeikticus cell concentration at 450 nm. Results showed ca. 10-15% activity reduction of the jetted lysozyme ink. As all the ink and printer parameters were optimized, the probable reason for such reduction could be the effect of shear forces inside the printhead on three-dimensional conformation of lysozyme. In conclusion, our formulated lysozyme ink showed potential for printing textiles with probable activity reduction that require further investigation. 

  • 3.
    Biswas, Tuser
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Yu, Junchun
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Nierstrasz, Vincent
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Inkjet printing of enzymes on synthetic fabrics2022Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Enzymes can be immobilized on textiles to impart anti-microbial properties in a more environment-friendly manner compared to conventional biocide-based solutions. Such application requires ensuring precise, flexible and contamination-free immobilization methods that can be offered by digital printing compared to coating or screen-printing techniques. Drop-on-demand inkjet printing is a resource-efficient technology that can ensure these requirements. The use of polyester and polyamide-based fabrics is rising for applications ranging from apparel and home furnishing to hygiene and medical textiles. These fibers offer superior chemical, physical, and mechanical properties due to their inert nature but challenge the printing process due to hydrophobicity and lack of functional groups. Lysozyme and tyrosinase are two enzymes showing great potential for grafting on synthetic fabrics paving the way to use them for inkjet printing as well.

    Challenges for inkjet printing of enzymes on synthetic fabric surfaces come in multiple forms i.e. ink recipe formation, printer mechanics and fabric surface characteristics. The ink must maintain a suitable viscosity and surface tension for effective drop ejection and a feasible ionic nature for enzyme activity. Then, the enzyme must be able to sustain the temperature and shear stress generated inside an inkjet printhead. Finally, influential fabric characteristics include surface structure, pore size distribution, evaporation rate and binding mechanism. By considering these parameters, lysozyme and tyrosinase were successfully printed on variously modified synthetic fabrics using a combination of sustainable technologies.

  • 4.
    Eriksson, Siw
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Sandsjö, Leif
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare. MedTech West.
    Three-dimensional Fabrics as Medical Textiles2015In: Advances in 3D Textiles: A volume in Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles / [ed] X. Chen, Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2015, p. 305-340Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The number of 3D textile applications in medicine is rapidly increasing as new technology and procedures are introduced in health care.  A first estimate of current medical applications of both general and 3D textiles is presented based on the medical devices classification system established by the US Food and Drug Administration. The textile specifics for these applications are covered from a textile technique perspective where the different 3D weaving as well as knitting, braiding and non-woven techniques are described and how their properties they can contribute in medical applications. In addition, emerging opportunities based on smart textiles as part of textile systems are described on a general level. The strong application areas of 3D medical textiles, i.e. wound management, vascular grafting and scaffolding for tissue engineering are covered in detail both from the medical and textiles perspective. Finally, some future lines of development are suggested and a short discussion on how new 3D textiles applications can be developed in close cooperation between the textile industry and the health care sector is presented.

  • 5.
    Guo, Li
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Sandsjö, Leif
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Scan To Knit - A smart textile platform for personalised prosthetic textiles2017In: Södra Älvsborgs Sjukhus (SÄS) Forsknings- och kvalitetsdagar 2017: Poster presented in the MedTech West exhibition, Borås, 2017, , p. 1Conference paper (Other academic)
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  • 6.
    Guo, Li
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Sandsjö, Leif
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Ortiz-Catalan, Max
    Skrifvars, Mikael
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Systematic review of textile-based electrodes for long-term and continuous surface electromyography recording2020In: Textile research journal, ISSN 0040-5175, E-ISSN 1746-7748, Vol. 90, no 2, p. 227-244, article id 0040517519858768Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This systematic review concerns the use of smart textiles enabled applications based on myoelectric activity. Electromyography (EMG) is the technique for recording and evaluating electric signals related to muscle activity (myoelectric). EMG is a well-established technique that provides a wealth of information for clinical diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment. Introducing sensor systems that allow for ubiquitous monitoring of health conditions using textile integrated solutions not only opens possibilities for ambulatory, long-term, and continuous health monitoring outside the hospital, but also for autonomous self-administration. Textile-based electrodes have demonstrated potential as a fully operational alternative to ‘standard’ Ag/AgCl electrodes for recording surface electromyography (sEMG) signals. As a substitute for Ag/AgCl electrodes fastened to the skin by taping or pre-gluing adhesive, textile-based electrodes have the advantages of being soft, flexible, and air permeable; thus, they have advantages in medicine and health monitoring, especially when selfadministration, real-time, and long-term monitoring is required. Such advances have been achieved through various smart textile techniques; for instance, adding functions in textiles, including fibers, yarns, and fabrics, and various methods for incorporating functionality into textiles, such as knitting, weaving, embroidery, and coating. In this work, we reviewed articles from a textile perspective to provide an overview of sEMG applications enabled by smart textile strategies. The overview is based on a literature evaluation of 41 articles published in both peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings focusing on electrode materials, fabrication methods, construction, and sEMG applications. We introduce four textile integration levels to further describe the various textile electrode sEMG applications reported in the reviewed literature. We conclude with suggestions for future work along with recommendations for the reporting of essential benchmarking information in current and future textile electrode applications.

  • 7.
    Sandsjö, Leif
    et al.
    University of Borås, Faculty of Caring Science, Work Life and Social Welfare.
    Guo, Li
    University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
    Scan-to-knit - A platform for personalised smart textiles research and develoment with a special focus on prosthetics2018In: ISEK 2018 - The XXII Congress of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology: University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, June 30th - 2nd July, 2018 / [ed] Madeleine Lowery, Dublin: University College Dublin Press, 2018, p. 222-223Conference paper (Refereed)
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