Caroline Loss, PhD student in Textile Engineering, was distinguished with an honorable mention in the Student Paper Award at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP) 2017 Conference, promoted by IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and the European Microwave Association (EuMA), held in Pavia last September 20-22.
The aim of this conference was to bring together researchers and scientists of different backgrounds to share the most recent advances in new materials and manufacturing processes for the development of RF, microwave, mm-wave, circuits and systems.
The awarded paper is entitled “Influence of the Laminating Manufacturing Technique on the S11 Parameter of Printed Textile Antennas”, which integrates the PhD thesis supervised by professors Rita Salvado (UBI-DCTT) and Pedro Pinho (ISEL/IT in Aveiro). This work was developed between the Department of Textile Science and Technology (UBI) and the IT in Aveiro, and also had the contribution of Ricardo Gonçalves, researcher at IT in Aveiro.
This paper focuses on the study of wearable antennas and describes how the applied manufacturing technique can affect the return loss parameter of printed textile antennas. The work was distinguished for its contribution to analyze the influence of the laminating manufacturing technique on the electromagnetic behavior of the conductive and dielectric textile materials, giving guidelines to optimize the manufacturing process of the textile antennas and thus increase their performance.