Skip to content

Smart Textiles with Haptic Feedback

  • School: School of Art & Design
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: AAD4

The proliferation of both wearable and electronic textile (E-textile) devices in recent years has led to a strong market pull for the development of new, innovative, E-textile products. While research has achieved E-textile with embedded active devices (i.e. light emitting elements), energy harvesting capabilities, and sensors with normal textile properties, limited progress has been made towards the seamless integration of haptic devices within textiles. Haptic smart textiles would open up new frontiers in areas including communication, augmented reality, and therapeutics.

This exciting, multidisciplinary research initiative will explore the development of this new generation of smart E-textiles by embedding haptic actuators within the core of the yarns that can be used to make up the textile: This will be achieved using electronic yarn (E-yarn) technology and will build upon the existing world leading research of the Advanced Textiles Research Group ( ). E-yarns are created by soldering a component, here a haptic actuator, onto fine copper wires, encapsulating the device to protect it from the ingress of water and chemicals, and to then cover the ensemble with textile yarns to create a final E-yarn with a normal textile appearance and properties. A key aspect of this work will be to establish the underlying knowledge to embed these haptic actuators within yarns and to understand how the encapsulation, the fibre covering, and textile structures affect the performance of embedded devices.

It is intended that over the course of the research project that the candidate will develop a completed E-textile device for a specified application area, such as a glove.

Highly motived candidates with a practical approach to problem solving are sort. A background in textile science, textile engineering, mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, or physics is preferred, and experience with wearable technologies would be desirable, not an essential requirement.

School strategic research priority

This project will aligns with the School of Art and Design's research theme of ‘Advanced textiles materials with electronic functionality’.

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

Download our full applicant guidance notes for more information.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418