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Conductive Regenerated Cellulose Fibers by Electroless Plating

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Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Luleå University of Technology, 97187 Luleå, Sweden
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Materials Science and Nano-engineering, Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Benguerir 43150, Morocco
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Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, 97187 Luleå, Sweden
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Fibers 2019, 7(5), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/fib7050038
Received: 3 April 2019 / Revised: 18 April 2019 / Accepted: 23 April 2019 / Published: 1 May 2019
Continuous metalized regenerated cellulose fibers for advanced applications (e.g., multi-functional composites) are produced by electroless copper plating. Copper is successfully deposited on the surface of cellulose fibers using commercial cyanide-free electroless copper plating packages commonly available for the manufacturing of printed wiring boards. The deposited copper was found to enhance the thermal stability, electrical conductivity and resistance to moisture uptake of the fibers. On the other hand, the chemistry involved in plating altered the molecular structure of the fibers, as was indicated by the degradation of their mechanical performance (tensile strength and modulus). View Full-Text
Keywords: cellulose; functionalization; copper coating; continuous fibers; electroless plating cellulose; functionalization; copper coating; continuous fibers; electroless plating
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Al-Maqdasi, Z.; Hajlane, A.; Renbi, A.; Ouarga, A.; Chouhan, S.S.; Joffe, R. Conductive Regenerated Cellulose Fibers by Electroless Plating. Fibers 2019, 7, 38.

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