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Twisting patterning: electrochemical deposition of stretchable spiral metallic conductors on elastic polymer threads

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Abstract

A twisting patterning process is developed to fabricate spring-like 3D stretchable metallic conductors on elastic threads. This process follows steps of thread twisting, catalyst spraying and electrochemical deposition of metal to prepare a thick metallic spiral coiled on a thread surface. The prepared spiral conductor is highly stretchable with a pure metal conductivity (5.76 μΩ cm using a combinative metal layer of gold, copper and nickel), a low resistance (about 0.1 Ω per centimeter) and an extremely high resistance stability when stretching (<3% resistance fluctuation at the strain lower than 100%), so it is quite appropriate to connect electronic components in stretchable devices. Double parallel metallic spirals can be prepared on a single thread, so the input and output of current can be achieved using one thread. Multi-spiral patterns with different spiral styles can also be prepared on a single thread to form a specific circuit bonded with functional components, and the whole device is obtained in a thread form. In addition, the inductance of the spring-like conductor shows an increase while stretching and a decrease while bending, indicating potential applications on tension and bending detection.

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The article was received on 27 Nov 2017, accepted on 04 Jan 2018 and first published on 04 Jan 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC05430K
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018,6, 1215-1223
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    Twisting patterning: electrochemical deposition of stretchable spiral metallic conductors on elastic polymer threads

    Y. Chang, T. Pan and Z. Yang, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2018, 6, 1215
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TC05430K

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