From our faculty members, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özgür Atalay's project called ReTex and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alper Gürarslan's SmartWaste project was deemed worthy of support within the scope of the EU's Horizon Europe Program MSCA SE-2021 call. Industry and research organizations from different countries will take part in the projects.

The execution of ReTex, one of the supported projects, is under the responsibility of ITU. The main aim of the project is to create a world-class international and intersectoral organization network. In order to develop sustainable electronic textile materials, regenerated fibers produced from recycled cotton using environmentally friendly methods will be used instead of traditional textile materials. 11 partners from 8 different countries within the scope of the project will exchange knowledge and skills to create sustainable textile materials within the scope of the project with a budget of 814.200 Euros, and collaborative research will be carried out between different countries and sectors. Through the international mobility within the project, researchers will develop new skills, explore new research environments and enrich their career development.

The main purpose of the SmartWaste project to be carried out by ITU is to replace traditional and high-cost textile materials with sustainable materials, to create a world-class international and intersectoral organization network working in the field of sustainable smart textile materials. Within the scope of the project, next generation researchers on sustainable textiles will be trained and innovative products will be developed. Within the scope of the project with a budget of 943,000 Euros, 10 stakeholders from 6 different countries will exchange knowledge and skills to create sustainable textile materials by strengthening joint research between different countries and sectors. World-renowned textile manufacturers, materials and polymer scientists, chemists, software engineers and designers will work together within the scope of this project.

About Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özgur Atalay

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atalay completed his master's and doctorate in the field of smart textiles at the University of Manchester in England. Doing post-doctoral research in soft robotic systems at Harvard University in the USA, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atalay received the Marie Curie Individual Fellowship within the scope of the EU Horizon 2020 program in 2019. He continued to work in the field of smart textiles and soft robotics with various international and national projects he took in the following periods. Finally, his project TEXWEAROTS was awarded support by the European Research Council (ERC) of the EU's Horizon Europe Programme.

About Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alper Gürarslan

After completing his MA in Textile Chemistry from North Carolina State University, he earned a double doctorate in Fiber and Polymer Science and Materials Science and Engineering. Subsequently, he did post-doctoral research in the Department of Mechanical and Astronautical Engineering at the same university. Having started his studies at ITU in 2017, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alper Gürarslan received support from 4 European Union and 4 TUBITAK projects. Within the scope of these supported projects, he continues his studies in many different fields from medical textiles to two-dimensional materials, from wearable electronics to sustainable fibers at ITU Faculty of Textile Technologies and Design.

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