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Textile Energy Storage

Concept design for Smart Garment including Textile Energy Storage 3D model of Textile Energy Storage Fashion Concept Details and Descriptions of Technologies Used Virtual Prototype of a Supercapacitor Integrated into a Garment

This research focuses on electrical energy storage solutions for textiles and wearable electronics, a fundamental challenge for designers of smart textiles and wearable technology. As a solution to this problem, we are focusing on super-capacitors, made with activated carbon material. When combined with low power energy harvesting devices as power supply, they can eliminate the need for batteries in application such as wireless sensor networks. In our previous work we screen printed woven cotton and polyester electrodes with activated carbon as first proof of concept for a textile super-capacitor. We are currently investigating the incorporation of spun carbon fiber yarn into knit architecture to fully integrate super-capacitor devices directly into textiles.

Genevieve Dion, M.S. in Industrial Design, Director of the Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab
Yury Gogotsi, Ph.D., Chair A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute
Keryn Lian, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Toronto
Paul C. Trulove, Ph.D., Professor, US Naval Academy
Luke Haverhals, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, US Naval Academy


  • K. Jost, D. Stenger, C.R. Perez, J.K. McDonough, K. Lian, Y. Gogotsi, G. Dion, “Knitted and screen printed carbon fiber textile-supercapacitors for applications in wearable electronics,” Energy Environ. Sci., 2013, DOI: 10.1039/C3EE40515J
  • K. Jost, C.R. Perez, J.K. McDonough, V. Presser, M. Heon, G. Dion, Y. Gogotsi, “Carbon Coated Textiles for Flexible Energy Storage in Smart Garments.” Energy and Environmental Science. 2011, 4, 5060-5067

Oral Presentations

  • Invited talk, “Wearable Textile Supercapacitors,” presented by Yury Gogotsi, Materials Research Society (MRS), San Francisco CA, 2 April 2013
  • “All-Textile EDLCs for Applications in Wearable Electronics” Materials Research Society (MRS), Boston MA, 28 November 2012
  • “Knitted Carbon Fiber Electrodes for Integrated Energy Storage in Smart Garments” Materials Research Society (MRS), San Francisco CA, 10 April 2012
  • “Carbon Coated Textiles for Flexible Energy Storage in Smart Garments” Electrochemical Energy Summit, Electrochemical Society (ECS), Boston MA, 10 October 2011
  • “Carbon Coated Textiles for Flexible Energy Storage in Smart Garments” Dynamic Multifunctional Materials for a Second Skin Concept Workshop, hosted by DTRA, Natick MA, August 4-5, 2011

Poster Presentations

“Energy Textiles: Knitted Supercapacitors”

  • Nanotechnology for Energy Conference, hosted by AJ Drexel Nanotechnology Institute & Lehigh University, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 23 May 2013
  • Research Day 2012, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, 18 April 2013

“Knitted Carbon Fiber EDLCs for Applications in Smart Garment

  • Electrochemical Society (ECS) Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii, October 7, 2012

“Energy Textiles: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Wearable Energy Storage,” Multiple Awards

  • NSF-IGERT Video/Poster Competition, Washington D.C., 22-31 May 2012
  • Nano for Business Conference, Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA, 23 May 2012
  • *Oral and Poster presentation, American Society for Materials (ASM) Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter, 19 April 2012
  • Research Day 2012, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, 19 April 2012

“Carbon Coated Textiles for Flexible Energy Storage in Smart Garments”

  • International Symposium for Wearable Computers (ISWC), presented by Genevieve Dion, San Francisco CA, 14 June 2011
  • Pennsylvania Regional Nanotechnology Conference, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, 30 May 2011
  • Wharton School of Business Energy Conference, Union League, Philadelphia PA, 28 October 2011
  • ARDEC Networking Session, Drexel University, Philadelphia PA, 27 September 2011

“Fabrics Capable of Capacitive Energy Storage”

  • American Society for Materials (ASM) International Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter, Philadelphia PA, 21 April 2011
  • Discovery to Commercialization, Philadelphia PA, October 2010
  • 9th Annual International Society of Electrochemistry Conference, Nice France, September 2010

Wearable Power

Kristy Jost, of the Shima Lab, earned first place in the Posters & Graphics category--as well as the People's Choice award--in the NSF's International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for her entry, "Wearable Power."

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