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Our Goal

We seek to advance textiles' boundaries toward innovative applications including but not limited to soft robotics, sensors and actuators, filtration, and protective gears. To achieve our goal, we work to understand surface and macroscopic level of interactions between water and textiles that are crucial for many of textiles' basic functions. With sustainable manufacturing and usage in mind, we aim to to utilize the most abundant natural resource -microorganisms- to develop technical textiles. See below for our specific projects. 

Research Grants

  • ​[책임] 2024-27 한국연구재단 우수신진연구, 자연유래 피브릴 조립을 통한 친환경 기능성 섬유재료의 생산과 응용 (Bio-derived fibril assembly toward sustainable and technical textile fiber production and real-world applications)

  • [참여] 2024 경찰청, 경찰 공무원의 복제 종합개선을 위한 사전 연구 (Pilot study for police officer uniform reformation)

  • ​[co-PI] 2023- ORNL (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Neutron Sciences Beam Time Award, IPTS-31550

  • [참여] 2022-24 과학기술정보통신부/행정안전부 국민생활안전 긴급대응연구사업, 현장 활동환경을 고려한 민방위대원 복제 개발 (Development of Civil Defense Clothing for the Field Activities)

  • [책임] 2021-24 한국연구재단 생애첫연구, 천연 및 재생섬유 기반 수분반응 액츄에이터 (Natural and Regenerated Fiber-based System for Water Responsive Actuators), NRF-2021R1G1A1091514 

  • [책임] 2021-24 연세대학교 미래선도연구사업, 섬유시스템의 수분반응 액츄에이터로의 응용 (Textile Fiber-based Water Responsive Actuators), 2023-22-0112

 

Research Interests

Closed-loop Processing for Sustainable & Functional Textiles 

  • Explore renewable sources for textile fiber production

  • Establish the process-structure-property relationship on textile fiber for sustainable development of technical textiles

Fundamental Understanding of Water-Textile Interactions

  • Water-textile interaction at surface to macroscopic level

  • Toward predictive engineering of textiles' physical properties

Textile-based Water Responsive Actuators

  • Utilize sustainable and ubiquitous water energy

  • Textile design for scaling up

  • Potential applications: soft robots, artificial muscles, sensors, actuators, protection, energy harvesting

Functional Fibers Created with Microorganisms

  • Use microbes (fungi, bacteria, spores, etc) that are abundant in nature to functionalize textile fibers 

  • Potential applications: decontaminating fibers, stimuli responsive actuators & sensors, biomedical materials

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