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Flexible and stretchable mechanoluminescent fiber and fabric

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With the rapid development of wearable devices, rigid and structurally inelastic conventional luminescent devices with heavy energy supply systems can hardly meet the requirements for flexibility and stretchability. Herein, we created a highly stretchable and flexible mechanoluminescent fiber based on transition metal-doped zinc particles and poly(dimethylsiloxane) by a feasible coating method. The resulting composite fiber emitted an intensity-tunable soft light upon stretching and releasing. Moreover, the structure and optical performance were well retained even after 10 000 cycles of stretching and releasing. Furthermore, the color of the composite fiber could also be tuned as green, yellow or orange, and these colors could even be combined in a single fiber. Finally, mechanoluminescent fabrics with various displays were also fabricated by a similar strategy.

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The article was received on 02 Jun 2017, accepted on 21 Jul 2017 and first published on 07 Aug 2017

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02428B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017,5, 8027-8032
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    Flexible and stretchable mechanoluminescent fiber and fabric

    J. Zhang, L. Bao, H. Lou, J. Deng, A. Chen, Y. Hu, Z. Zhang, X. Sun and H. Peng, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, 5, 8027
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02428B

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