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Towards seamlessly-integrated textile electronics: methods to coat fabrics and fibers with conducting polymers for electronic applications

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Abstract

Traditional textile materials can be transformed into functional electronic components upon being dyed or coated with films of intrinsically conducting polymers, such as poly(aniline), poly(pyrrole) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene). A variety of textile electronic devices are built from the conductive fibers and fabrics thus obtained, including: physiochemical sensors, thermoelectric fibers/fabrics, heated garments, artificial muscles and textile supercapacitors. In all these cases, electrical performance and device ruggedness is determined by the morphology of the conducting polymer active layer on the fiber or fabric substrate. Tremendous variation in active layer morphology can be observed with different coating or dyeing conditions. Here, we summarize various methods used to create fiber- and fabric-based devices and highlight the influence of the coating method on active layer morphology and device stability.

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The article was received on 04 Apr 2017, accepted on 23 May 2017 and first published on 23 May 2017


Article type: Feature Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02592K
Citation: Chem. Commun., 2017,53, 7182-7193
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    Towards seamlessly-integrated textile electronics: methods to coat fabrics and fibers with conducting polymers for electronic applications

    L. Allison, S. Hoxie and T. L. Andrew, Chem. Commun., 2017, 53, 7182
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02592K

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