The 4th International Conference “Smart Materials, Structures and Systems” was held in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy, from June 10 to 14, 2012. The conference – that followed the ones previously held in Acireale, Sicily, Italy – was organized as a “junior” edition of the recognized CIMTEC series of international meetings which have been established as from the end of sixties.
Intensive research carried out worldwide for creating higher forms of materials, structures and systems by providing them with “life” functions, has resulted in a relatively high level of technology readiness with several applications now emerging, demonstrating that smart materials technologies have matured well beyond the conceptual stage.
Widespread use of nanotechnology concepts and tools and availability of multiscale computational models coupled with the exponential growth of computing capability and the merging of materials science and engineering with biological information, are fuelling the rate of advancement of the field.
Nevertheless further substantial developments are required in the understanding of convergences of materials, electronics and biological systems, to meet relevant needs for present and foreseeable applications.
The several Symposia featured by CIMTEC 2012 – 4th International Conference “Smart Materials, Structures and Systems” covered outstanding areas of the subject from the molecular nanoscales to large complex integrated systems.
Smart and Interactive Textiles
We are publishing here abstracts of very few of the selected papers presented during the conference under the category of “Smart and Interactive Textiles”.