A joint analysis crew led by Principal Researcher Soongeun Kwon and Professor Younger-Jin Kim has developed graphene-based, personalized e-textiles, for the primary time on this planet. They revealed their findings in ACS Nano in a paper titled, “Multimodal E-Textile Enabled by One-Step Maskless Patterning of Femtosecond-Laser-Induced Graphene on Nonwoven, Knit, and Woven Textiles.”
As a substitute of utilizing poisonous chemical compounds or optical masks for patterning, the joint analysis crew used laser direct patterning know-how to type laser-induced graphene (LIG) on e-textiles and efficiently manufactured graphene-based e-textiles.
Conventionally, e-textiles have been manufactured by coating materials with conductive ink to make electrically conductive textiles after which weaving them with generic materials, or by attaching a skinny, practical layer onto generic materials. These strategies have a low design flexibility and excessive course of complexity. Furthermore, dangerous chemical compounds could also be leaked through the manufacturing course of, which locations a limitation on mass manufacturing.
By utilizing the newly developed know-how, high-quality LIG supplies which have world-class electrical conductivity could be manufactured just by irradiating laser onto the floor of materials.
A serious benefit of this know-how is that e-textiles could be manufactured in an environmentally pleasant method, as neither using chemical compounds nor any extra processing is required. In the meantime, the world-class electrical conductivity of LIG electrodes has been realized by making use of the femtosecond laser processing know-how.
The newly developed know-how can be utilized sooner or later for manufacturing industrial and army garments for private well being administration and likewise for producing personalized “sensible” garments within the well being care sector.
Kwon mentioned, “This know-how has been developed by analyzing the constructions of generic materials and realizing them as graphene-based supplies which have superior options of optimum e-textiles.” He added, “This know-how is considerably significant in that it permits for the mass manufacturing of personalized e-textiles utilizing an environment-friendly and easy methodology.”
Dongwook Yang et al, Multimodal E-Textile Enabled by One-Step Maskless Patterning of Femtosecond-Laser-Induced Graphene on Nonwoven, Knit, and Woven Textiles, ACS Nano (2023). DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.3c04120
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