Advanced Textiles Conference

Innovative suppliers highlight partnerships throughout the supply chain plus education, demonstrations, and workshops.

October 11-14

All Access Registration Required to Attend Advanced Textiles Conference

The Advanced Textiles (AT) Conference starts on Tuesday, Oct. 11 with a full afternoon dedicated to advanced textiles education, including a welcome lunch with plenary session at 11:30 am, followed by a networking reception after the education for the day concludes at 5 pm. The AT Conference continues with additional advanced textiles sessions at Expo on Oct. 12-14.

Agenda – Coming Soon!

Tuesday, October 11

11:30 am–12:45 pm Welcome Lunch & Plenary Session
1–1:50 pm Achieving Readiness for Manufacture
2–2:50 pm TBD

Dr. Gang Sun, Professor, University of California, Davis

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought in the need of reusable, antiviral, and biodegradable PPE materials for improved personal protection with reduced environmental impact. In this presentation, desired biological protective functions on biobased polymers are discussed. Two chemical approaches, halamine and daylight photo-sensitizers have been utilized to produce rechargeable biocidal functions on PPE materials. The daylight induced antiviral and antibacterial face masks will serve as examples of reusable and safe functional textile materials.

Learning objectives:

  1. Desired antimicrobial functions for biological protection
  2. Environmentally friendly materials and technology
  3. Reusable and rechargeable antibacterial functions
3:10–4 pm TBD

Dr. Braden Li, Materials Engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

As part of the emerging Air Force Arctic Strategy, the Air Force has identified critical needs to develop and acquire next generation clothing solutions to prevent cold-related injuries for the warfighter operating in extreme weather conditions (-55°C). This presentation will review the collaborative efforts between the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), towards next generation textile-based (1) sensing technologies and (2) responsive solutions for arctic and austere environments.

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the key requirements driving extreme cold weather textile development
  2. Discuss systematic materials design approaches to address extreme cold weather challenges
  3. Identify novel material sets for potential applications outside cold weather
4:10–5 pm TBD
Medical and Wellness

Wednesday, October 12

10–10:50 am TBD
11–11:50 am TBD

Thursday, October 13

9–9:50 am TBD
10–10:50 am TBD
11–11:50 am

Frank Keohan, Senior Technology Manager, Bolger & O’Hearn, Inc.

Durable water repellents (DWRs) provide many beneficial properties to textiles including resistance to rain, staining, and abrasion. They can improve sustainability by extending products’ useful life and reducing cleaning-related resources. Repellents based on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have long been the performance leaders but lately have been under increased regulatory scrutiny. Many manufacturers have been transitioning to fluorine-free DWRs where possible. Attendees will learn the basics behind different repellents, regulatory issues, and the evolving technology for increasing the ecological profile of these products.

Learning objectives:

  1. Regulatory environment
  2. Test methods and performance differences
  3. Partial and total PFAS elimination
  4. Fluorine-free repellents

*IFAI Disclaimer: Although every reasonable effort is made to provide the speakers, topics, and sessions listed, some changes or substitutions may occur. Speakers and sessions are subject to cancellation or change up to and including the day the session(s) are scheduled to be held. Changes or cancellations are made at the discretion of IFAI and may be done without notifying attendees. If sessions are changed or cancelled no refunds should be expected. Agreement to attend IFAI Expo acknowledges acceptance of this provision.

Advanced Textiles Exhibitors

IFAI Expo 2022 includes exhibit hall space for AT innovators, suppliers, beginners and experts. Get inspired, make connections, discuss opportunities and find new products.  Join nearly 75 vendors, associations, and IFAI partners in this vibrant pavilion.

Advanced Textiles Campfires

Looking for show floor education?  IFAI Expo 2022 will have ten 30-minute interactive sessions in the Advanced Textiles Pavilion!  Stop by for fun, informal, and digestible sessions and keep the conversation flowing back to the exhibitor booths. Agenda details coming soon.

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Advanced Textiles Product Division (ATP) – ATP supports the entire industry and offers support, networking, education and scholarships to help ensure its future. For more information on ATP including a member list, scholarship information, a list of webinars and the latest news, click here.

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“Having now visited IFAI shows for more than 5 years, I’d like to share with you our excitement and satisfaction during this year’s show. This year was particularly effective for us, as we had several opportunities to share our public funded research results with interested public.”

Andreas Bisinger
DITF–German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research, Germany

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