Monica Craciun photoProf. Monica Craciun

Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Exeter

Prof Craciun gained a PhD in Applied Physics in 2006 from the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands). She also holds an MSc in Materials Physics (Joseph Fourier University, Grenobe, France) and an MSc in Materials Engineering (Catholic University Leuven, Belgium). From 2006 to 2007, she was postdoctoral researcher in the Nano Electronics Group / MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente (The Netherlands). From 2007 to 2009 she held a fellowship of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science at Tarucha Laboratory for Physics and Technology in Nanostructures at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Prof Craciun joined the University of Exeter in 2010 as research fellow, was appointed to Senior Lecturer in 2012, to Associate Professor in 2014 and to her current role in 2017.

Her academic work spans from applied research in nanotechnology, electronic and optoelectronic devices to fundamental research in nanoscience (quantum phenomena, molecular electronics, nano electronics, spintronics) and materials science. She currently leads a group focusing on fundamental aspects of two-dimensional materials, as well as their use in emerging technologies such as electronic textiles, highly efficient solar cells, light emitting devices, and multifunctional smart coatings. The research outputs of her group include over 200 publications in leading international journals (e.g. Nature & Science family journals, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano) and several papers ranked in the top 1% in Materials Science, Engineering and Physics.

Presentation Title:

  • Integration of graphene in textiles fibers and fabrics for wearable electronics and smart textiles

Presentation Summary:

  • Graphene materials are emerging systems for wearable applications due to their exceptional properties such as high electrical conductivity, optical transparency and mechanical flexibility. Such properties offer opportunities for the seamless incorporation of electronic devices into textiles, the ultimate form of electronic textiles and the most ambitious challenge for longer-term innovation. This capability will project electronic textiles to new frontiers, unlocking a future with a redefined interaction between human and technology, in which interacting with health monitoring devices will be as simple as getting dressed.In this talk, I will give an overview of our developments in the integration of graphene materials in textiles for wearable sensors and light-emitting devices. This includes the use of ultrathin graphene layers to create conductive textile fibers [Sci. Rep. 5, 9866 (2015) & Sci. Rep.7, 4250 (2017)] and fabrics [J. Phys. Mater. 4 014004 (2021)]. We pioneered a new technique to create graphene electronic textile fibers that can function as touch-sensors and light-emitting devices [npj Flexible Electronics 2, 25 (2018)], demonstrated fabric-enabled pixels for displays and position sensitive functions, and demonstrated low-operating voltage carbon–graphene e-textile for temperature sensing [ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 12, 26, 29861 (2020)], a gateway for novel smart textile applications.