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Solvatochromic structural color fabrics with favorable wearability properties

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Abstract

Robust, washable, steam permeable fabrics that display solvatochromic structural color changes are fabricated by a solvent evaporation-driven self-assembly method using poly(styrene–butyl acrylate–acrylic acid) core–shell colloidal microspheres. The colloidal microspheres self-assemble into a periodic arrangement to form a colorless transparent film on fabrics. Because of the lack of refractive index difference between the film and fabric, the fabric retains its original color (black polyester in this work). As soon as the fabric is wetted, its color changes. When the wetted fabric is completely dried, its original black color appears again. These solvatochromic fabrics do not show apparent color fading during repeated stretching or after laundering. The structural color fabrics show promising steam permeability with only a 13% decrease compared with the original fabrics. Therefore, the wearability of the fabric meets the demands for applications in the textile industry.

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The article was received on 30 Jan 2019, accepted on 29 Mar 2019 and first published on 30 Mar 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9TC00580C
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019,7, 4855-4862

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    Solvatochromic structural color fabrics with favorable wearability properties

    X. Gong, C. Hou, Q. Zhang, Y. Li and H. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, 7, 4855
    DOI: 10.1039/C9TC00580C

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