OTTAWA—October 04, 2017—The intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance (www.intelliflex.org) has added to its membership two institutions with significant strengths in wearables and flexible electronics.

The University of Windsor (www.uwindsor.ca) is a comprehensive, student-focused university, with more than 15,000 students enrolled in a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Several research groups focus on material design, synthesis and wearable electronics.

Areas of research include: low-cost plastic electronic devices with mechanical flexibility for use in flexible and wearable electronics, as well as implantable medical sensors that can bend and stretch; new self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and alkyl groups to control nanoscale structure of SAMs, the formation of mixed SAMs, and ultimately, the fabrication of stimuli-responsive surfaces; stretchable and self-healable polymers for the fabrication of entirely stretchable electronic devices; organogel and hydrogel formation for drug delivery and self-healing materials; formation of dynamic polymers for highly defined and nanostructured organic semiconductors.

uWindsor faculty and staff are interested in connecting with other researchers and industry in the printable and flexible electronics field, specifically in wearable electronics and/or materials design and synthesis.

George Brown College (www.georgebrown.ca) in Toronto has established a reputation for equipping students with the skills, industry experience and credentials to pursue the careers of their choice. It has over 29,200 full-time students, including 17 per cent international students, and over 67,300 continuing education registrations.

George Brown’s industry-focused applied research and innovation research exchanges provide industrial companies with IP-friendly assistance to integrate flexible electronics into products along with product validation in niche use cases. The college can assist with the design and fabrication of early-stage prototypes that employ flexible electronics and their associated enabling technologies for manufacturing and testing.

George Brown has extensive expertise in the development of wearables, focusing on their integration and function in apparel, textiles and jewelry. Dedicated simulated health care and home research environments enable real-world evaluations of health and clean technologies, optionally incorporating consumer usability testing. George Brown also provides access to a broad network of downstream service providers to advance prototypes to manufacture readiness.

“Canada’s colleges and universities are crucial players in the ecosystem for printable, flexible and hybrid electronics,” said Peter Kallai, President and CEO of intelliFLEX. “With the launch of our intelliWEAR program for wearables, uWindsor and George Brown are welcome additions to help our industrial Members find global success in the many facets of this technology area.”

If you are interested in connecting with uWindsor or George Brown, please contact Peter at pkallai@intelliflex.org or 613-505-4775, ext. 101 and he can facilitate an introduction.

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intelliFLEX, a not-for-profit industry alliance, is a vital partner for accelerating the growth of the printable, flexible and hybrid electronics sector of more than 300 organizations across Canada. Our technologies add intelligence and connect ordinary objects to enable the Internet of Everything.

We unite our growing global membership to build an effective ecosystem of supply chains for flexible, 3D printable electronics, 2D large area printable electronics, wearable electronics, smart textiles and hybrid electronics including related semiconductors, integrated circuits and software.

Our programs accelerate the adoption of these innovations for Smart Packaging and Retail, Intelligent Buildings and Connected Homes, Aerospace and Defence, Automotive and Industrial Applications, Health and Wellness, Intelligent Documents and Wearables.

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