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Title: Aqueous and air-compatible fabrication of high-performance conductive textiles
Authors: Wang, XL
Yan, C
Hu, H 
Zhou, XC
Guo, RS
Liu, XQ
Xie, Z
Huang, ZF
Zheng, ZJ 
Keywords: Conducting materials
Electroless deposition
Polymerization
Radicals
Wearable electronics
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Source: Chemistry, an Asian journal, 2014, v. 9, no. 8, p. 2170-2177 How to cite?
Journal: Chemistry, an Asian journal 
Abstract: This paper describes a fully aqueous-and air-compatible chemical approach to preparing high-performance conductive textiles. In this method, the surfaces of textile materials are first modified with an aqueous solution of double-bond-containing silane molecules to form a surface-anchoring layer for subsequent in situ free-radical polymerization of [2(methacryloyloxy)ethyl] trimethylammonium chloride (METAC) in the air. Thin layers of poly-METAC (PMETAC) are therefore covalently grafted on top of the silane-modified textile surface. Cu- or Ni-coated textiles are finally fabricated by electroless deposition (ELD) onto the PMETAC-modified textiles. Parameters including polymerization time, temperature, and ELD conditions are studied to optimize the whole fabrication process. The as-made conductive textiles exhibit sheet resistance as low as 0.2 Omega sq(-1), which makes them highly suitable for use as conductive wires and interconnects in flexible and wearable electronic devices. More importantly, the chemical method is fully compatible with the conventional "pad-dry-cure" fabrication process in the textile manufacturing industry, thus indicating that it is very promising for high-throughput and roll-to-roll fabrication of high-performance metal-coated conductive textiles in the future.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/35782
ISSN: 1861-4728 (print)
1861-471X (online)
DOI: 10.1002/asia.201402230
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