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Development of a Flex and Stretchy Conductive Cotton Fabric Via Flat Screen Printing of PEDOT:PSS/PDMS Conductive Polymer Composite

PEDOT:PSS-Based Conductive Textiles and Their Applications

Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering, Ghent University, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Ethiopian Institute of Textile and Fashion Technology, Bahir Dar University, 6000 Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
Jimma Institute of Technology, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia
Materials Engineering Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407, USA
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Sensors 2020, 20(7), 1881;
Received: 28 February 2020 / Revised: 22 March 2020 / Accepted: 26 March 2020 / Published: 28 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smart Structures and Materials for Sensor Applications)
The conductive polymer complex poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) is the most explored conductive polymer for conductive textiles applications. Since PEDOT:PSS is readily available in water dispersion form, it is convenient for roll-to-roll processing which is compatible with the current textile processing applications. In this work, we have made a comprehensive review on the PEDOT:PSS-based conductive textiles, methods of application onto textiles and their applications. The conductivity of PEDOT:PSS can be enhanced by several orders of magnitude using processing agents. However, neat PEDOT:PSS lacks flexibility and strechability for wearable electronics applications. One way to improve the mechanical flexibility of conductive polymers is making a composite with commodity polymers such as polyurethane which have high flexibility and stretchability. The conductive polymer composites also increase attachment of the conductive polymer to the textile, thereby increasing durability to washing and mechanical actions. Pure PEDOT:PSS conductive fibers have been produced by solution spinning or electrospinning methods. Application of PEDOT:PSS can be carried out by polymerization of the monomer on the fabric, coating/dyeing and printing methods. PEDOT:PSS-based conductive textiles have been used for the development of sensors, actuators, antenna, interconnections, energy harvesting, and storage devices. In this review, the application methods of PEDOT:SS-based conductive polymers in/on to a textile substrate structure and their application thereof are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: PEDOT:PSS; wearable electronics; e-textile; conductive textile PEDOT:PSS; wearable electronics; e-textile; conductive textile
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Tseghai, G.B.; Mengistie, D.A.; Malengier, B.; Fante, K.A.; Van Langenhove, L. PEDOT:PSS-Based Conductive Textiles and Their Applications. Sensors 2020, 20, 1881.

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Tseghai GB, Mengistie DA, Malengier B, Fante KA, Van Langenhove L. PEDOT:PSS-Based Conductive Textiles and Their Applications. Sensors. 2020; 20(7):1881.

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Tseghai, Granch B., Desalegn A. Mengistie, Benny Malengier, Kinde A. Fante, and Lieva Van Langenhove. 2020. "PEDOT:PSS-Based Conductive Textiles and Their Applications" Sensors 20, no. 7: 1881.

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