The development of pad-dry-cure compatible method for preparing electrically conductive copper coated cotton woven fabrics

Casey Yan, Zijian Zheng

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Electrically conductive cotton fabrics were successfully prepared by a first free radical polymerization, assisted by a conventional pad-dry-cure textile technology and subsequent electroless deposition (ELD) of copper thin layers on cotton fiber surfaces. Pad-dry-cure takes a major role in the even uptake and penetration of the monomer [2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl]trimethyl-ammonium chloride (METAC) solution throughout the cotton fabrics, making subsequent ELD plating of copper metal uniform. The surface electrical resistivity of as-prepared electro-conductive cotton fabrics varies from 103 to 10-1Ω/sq, depending on the ELD conditions. The whole process is low cost, low chemical wastage and compatible with current wet processing in the textile industry, which provides a great potential in commercialization in a bulk scale.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-128
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Fiber Bioengineering and Informatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2013


  • Cotton
  • Electroless Deposition
  • Electronic Textiles
  • Pad-dry-cure
  • Polymer Brushes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Materials Science(all)

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