Destructive-Treatment-Free Rapid Polymer-Assisted Metal Deposition for Versatile Electronic Textiles

Yaokang Zhang, Yufeng Luo, Lei Wang, Pui Fai Ng, Hong Hu, Fan Chen, Qiyao Huang, Zijian Zheng

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Abstract

Highly conductive, durable, and breathable metal-coated textiles are critical building block materials for future wearable electronics. In order to enhance the metal adhesion on the textile surface, existing solution-based approaches to preparing these materials require time-consuming presynthesis and/or premodification processes, typically in the order of tens of minutes to hours, on textiles prior to metal plating. Herein, we report a UV-induced rapid polymer-assisted metal deposition (r-PAMD) that offers a destructive-treatment-free process to deposit highly conductive metals on a wide variety of textile materials, including cotton, polyester, nylon, Kevlar, glass fiber, and carbon cloth. In comparison to the state of the arts, r-PAMD significantly shortens the modification time to several minutes and is compatible with the roll-to-roll fabrication manner. Moreover, the deposited metals show outstanding adhesion, which withstands rigorous flexing, abrasion, and machine washing tests. We demonstrate that these metal-coated textiles are suitable for applications in two vastly different fields, being wearable and washable sensors, and lithium batteries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56193-56202
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume14
Issue number50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • electronic textile
  • polymer-assisted metal deposition
  • surface treatment
  • washability
  • wearable electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science

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