Smart Textiles for Personalized Health Care

17th March 2021

Timing : 1 pm EDT

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There is nothing more personal than healthcare. Health care should move from its current reactive and disease-centric system to a personalized, predictive, preventative and participatory model with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion. As the world marches into the era of Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G wireless, technology renovation enables industry to offer a more individually tailored approach to healthcare with more successful health outcomes, higher quality and lower cost. However, empowering the utility of IoT enabled technologies for personalized health care is still significantly challenged by the shortage of cost-effective wearable biomedical devices to continuously provide real-time, patient-generated health data. Textiles have been concomitant and playing a vital role in the long history of human civilization. The textile forms endow biomedical devices with biocompatible, biodegradable, even bioabsorbable features, allowing them to serve as on-body healthcare platforms with incomparable wearing comfort. Merging biomedical devices and textiles becomes increasingly important owing to the growing trend of IoT. In this talk, I will introduce our current research on smart textiles for biomedical monitoring and personalized diagnosis, textile for therapy, and textile power generation as an energy solution for the future wearable medical devices.

Jun Chen
Assistant Professor,
Department of Bioengineering, UCLA

Dr. Jun Chen is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on nanotechnology and bioelectronics for energy, sensing, and therapeutic applications in the form of smart textiles, wearables, and body area networks. He has already published 2 books, 140 journal articles and 90 of them are as first/corresponding authors in Chemical Reviews, Nature Energy, Nature Electronics, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, Joule, Matter, and many others. His works were selected as Research Highlights by Nature and Science 6 times and covered by world mainstream media for over 1,000 times in total, including NPR, ABC, NBC, Reuters, CNN, The Wall Street Journal‎, Scientific American, and Newsweek. He also filed 14 US patents and licensed 1. Beyond research, he is currently an Associate Editor of Biosensors and Bioelectronics, and an Editorial Board Member of The Innovations, Advanced Fiber Materials, Nano-Micro Letters, Frontiers in Pharmacology, Frontiers in Chemistry, Textiles, Biosensors, and Smart Materials in Medicine. With a current h-index of 69, Dr. Chen was identified to be one of the world’s most influential researchers in the field of Materials Science by the Web of Science Group. His research is recognized by the 2020 Altmetric Top 100, Top 10 Science Stories of 2020 by Ontario Science Centre, Highly Cited Researchers 2020/2019 in Web of Science, ACS Nano Rising Stars Lectureship Award, Frontiers in Chemistry Rising Stars, Nanoscale Emerging Investigator Award, Okawa Foundation Research Award, MINE2020 Young Scientist Excellence Award, TenCate Protective Fabrics Award, Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, National Award for Outstanding Students Abroad, National Scholarship of China, and many others.