A stretchable laminated GNRs/BNNSs nanocomposite with high electrical and thermal conductivity†
The rapid development of modern electronics has accelerated the demand for stretchable components with high thermal management capability because increasing the power density and miniaturization of electronic devices generate greater heat. However, stretchable electronics with enhanced heat dissipation have been rarely reported. In this study, a stretchable laminated nanocomposite-based conductor with both robust electric conductivity and enhanced thermal management capability was fabricated. With the optimized GNRs and BNNS contents, this conductor exhibited a thermal conductivity enhancement of 266%, leading to a decrease in the working temperature from 57.4 °C to 29.2 °C. Even under 100% strain, the fluctuation of the equilibrium operational temperature was within 10%. Moreover, the conductor showed outstanding electric performance under 200% strain with an R/R0 value of 1.46. Whether stretched and tested in a Moebius-belt shape or under hard-environmental conditions such as in seawater, crude oil, and even integrated in a wireless charging circuit, the significant reliability of this conductor was recorded. Thus, our results are promising to provide a practical approach for the fabrication of stretchable electronic devices working in high temperature environments associated with extreme thermal stresses and under extreme circumstances such as sea rescue operations and marine oil pollution remediation.