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Double anisotropic electrically conductive flexible Janus-typed membranes

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Novel type III anisotropic conductive films (ACFs), namely flexible Janus-typed membranes, were proposed, designed and fabricated for the first time. Flexible Janus-typed membranes composed of ordered Janus nanobelts were constructed by electrospinning, which simultaneously possess fluorescence and double electrically conductive anisotropy. For the fabrication of the Janus-typed membrane, Janus nanobelts comprising a conductive side and an insulative-fluorescent side were primarily fabricated, and then the Janus nanobelts are arranged into parallel arrays using an aluminum rotary drum as the collector to obtain a single anisotropically conductive film. Subsequently, a secondary electrospinning process was applied to the as-prepared single anisotropically conductive films to acquire the final Janus-typed membrane. For this Janus-typed membrane, namely its left-to-right structure, anisotropic electrical conduction synchronously exists on both sides, and furthermore, the two electrically conductive directions are perpendicular. By modulating the amount of Eu(BA)3phen complex and conducting polyaniline (PANI), the characteristics and intensity of the fluorescence-electricity dual-function in the membrane can be tuned. The high integration of this peculiar Janus-typed membrane with simultaneous double electrically conductive anisotropy-fluorescent dual-functionality is successfully realized in this study. This design philosophy and preparative technique will provide support for the design and construction of new types of special nanostructures with multi-functionality.

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2017, accepted on 13 Nov 2017 and first published on 14 Nov 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR06456J
Citation: Nanoscale, 2017,9, 18918-18930
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    Double anisotropic electrically conductive flexible Janus-typed membranes

    X. Li, Q. Ma, J. Tian, X. Xi, D. Li, X. Dong, W. Yu, X. Wang, J. Wang and G. Liu, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 18918
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NR06456J

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