Ikra Iftekhar Shuvo

Doctor of Philosophy

Supervisor: Dr. Patricia Dolez

Thesis Title: Development of testing & quality control methods for wearable smart electronic textiles (e-textiles).

From the invention and commercialization points of view, the world of the textile industry has been undergoing revolutionary changes at an unprecedented speed with novel research works in the field of textile processing chemicals, fibres and yarns, technical textiles, and now electronic textiles (e-textiles). E-textiles have massive potentials to change the health care, safety, and protection industries due to their unique capability to sense physiological and environmental conditions, alert about a potential issue, and mitigate the change in conditions. However, the current e-textile industry is facing some limitations to formulate universal testing and quality control standards necessary for industrial implementation and mass adoption. This PhD project will target electrical performance testing methods and investigate different configurations of the e-textiles, and the impact of environmental and mechanical factors on their electrical conductivity.

Publications or other research contributions: 

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

[4] Shuvo, I. I. (2020b). Hollow canola-wood thermoset composites from concept to completion: fabrication, performance, failure and reliability analysis. SN Applied Sciences, 2(12), 2087. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42452-020-03931-4

[3] Shuvo, I. I. (2020a). Fibre attributes and mapping the cultivar influence of different industrial cellulosic crops (cotton, hemp, flax, and canola) on textile properties. Bioresources and Bioprocessing, 7(1), 51. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40643-020-00339-1

[2] Shuvo, I. I., Rahman, M., Vahora, T., Morrison, J., DuCharme, S., & Choo-Smith, L.-P. (2019). Producing light-weight bast fibers from canola biomass for technical textiles. Textile Research Journal, 90(11–12), 1311–1325. https://doi.org/10.1177/0040517519886636

[1] Shuvo, I. I., Shadhin, M., & Rahman, M. (2019). Aerospace Composite Structure: Routing a Thermoset Composite Fabrication Model by Prepeg Lay-up Medium to Manufacture Sandwich Panels for Aircraft. Research & Development in Material Science, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.31031/RDMS.2019.12.000780


[1] Shuvo, I.I., Decaens, J., Lachapelle, D., & Dolez, P., I. (2021). Smart Textiles Testing: A Roadmap to Standardized Test Methods for Safety & Quality-Control. In Textiles for Functional Applications. IntechOpen.

In preparation Conferences and Scientific Sessions:

[3] Shuvo, I.I., Decaens, J., & Dolez, P., I. (2020). Technical standards for testing and quality control of smart electronic textiles: Current state of knowledge and recommendations for future development. 119th Scientific Session of The Institute of Textile Science (ITS).

[2] Shuvo, I. I., Rahman, M., Duncan, R., Ducharme, S., & Choo-smith, L. (2018). A new generation of textile fibre from canola biomass and the impact of cultivar on fibre quality. Integrating Design with Sustainable Technology, at The 91st Textile Institute World Conference (TIWC).

[1] Shuvo, I. I., Rahman, M., Mackinnon, J., & Duncan, R. (2017). A critical review on the cottonization of bast fibre. Canadian Society for Bioengineering 2017 Annual Conference, Canada Inns Polo Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 6-10 August 2017.

Technical Articles:

[2] Shuvo, I. I. & Dolez, P. (2021). Energy harvesting textiles: Scavenging energy from the human body. The Institute of Textile Science (Canada) (In-press for Issue of February 2021).

[1] Shuvo, I. I. (2020). Smart Textile Sensors: A New Paradigm for Managing Physiological Data in Biomedical Industries. The Institute of Textile Science (Canada) (Issue of November 2020).

Scientific Reports for Canadian Industry Partners:

[9] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2021). Analysis of textile heater behavior with different boundary conditions. Report prepared for CTT Group, Canada.

[8] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2020). Comparative analysis among the prolonged heating-cooling behaviour of three different electro-thermal flexible textile heaters. Report prepared for CTT Group, Canada.

[7] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2020). Investigating heat flux density and defining TMAX (oC) of flexible smart textile heaters. Report prepared for CTT Group, Canada.

[6] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2020). Review on physiological sensors for smart textile: 2016-2020. Report prepared for the NRC (National Research Council) Canada.

[5] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2020). Curve fitting model for time-temperature profiles of smart electronic (joule heating) textiles under different voltages. Report prepared for CTT Group, Canada.

[4] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2020). Correlations among different parameters of smart heating textiles. Report prepared for CTT Group, Canada.

[3] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2020). Thermal aspects of e-textiles: technology, fabrication, mechanism, performance, and scope of developing quality control test methods. Report prepared for CTT Group, Canada.

[2] Shuvo, I. I., & Dolez, P. I. (2020). Landscape analysis of standard test methods for smart electronic textiles. Report prepared for CTT Group, Canada.

[1] Shuvo, I. I., & Rahman, M. (2018). Surface modification to impart ‘cotton-like’ flexibility in Brassica fibre. Report prepared for CIC Engineering, Canada.