Malte von Krshiwoblozki

Group Manager System on Flex, Fraunhofer Institut



Malte von Krshiwoblozki is heading the Group System on Flex at the Fraunhofer (IZM) Institute for Reliability and Microintegration where he is responsible for all e-Textile activities. Before that, he worked at Technische Universität Berlin as research fellow and project manager. He holds a diploma degree in microsystem technologies from 2009. During several large EU and national interdisciplinary research projects (e. g. PLACE-IT, PASTA and MOTEX) he gained deep knowledge of emerging technologies for future markets. Malte’s primary expertise and interest is in ”e-Textiles”, and also in stretchable and flexible electronics. His research has been concentrated on interconnection technologies to merge electronics and textiles, as they are important enablers to move wearable “e-textiles” from lab prototypes to volume production and the mainstream market.

Presentation Title:

  • E-Textiles Technologies – Merging Electronics and Textiles

Presentation Summary:

  • The market for electronic textiles is expected to grow rapidly during the next years. Textile based sensor and actor systems as well as robust power and data transfer through textiles will play an important role in the next generation wearable e-health, fitness, and defence/security market. In particular, textile based systems offer lucrative opportunities because they are stretchable, breathable and flat, and easily conform to the shape of the human body. However, technological challenges have to be overcome to handle the harsh and diverse applications of textile based wearable electronic systems. This talk will provide an overview of different technologies suitable for the textile circuitry manufacturing. Also, the available diversity of suitable conductors such as metallized polymer yarns (which can be used as electrodes), or special copper litz wires will be discussed. Additionally, general challenges to integrate electronics into textiles will be outlined and interconnection technologies to merge electronics with different textile circuitries will be presented. Finally, results of recent e-textile projects will be presented.