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Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

Chemistry

Year Degree Awarded

2018

Month Degree Awarded

September

First Advisor

Trisha Andrew

Subject Categories

Materials Chemistry | Polymer Chemistry | Polymer Science

Abstract

The future of electronics is moving toward wearable devices and therefore requires a shift away from hard, inflexible materials towards fibers, threads, and fabrics that conform to the shape of the body. Therefore new methods for incorporating textiles as electronic components are needed to replace conventional processing techniques used with smooth, flat substrates like glass, silicon, and many polymers. Toward this end, this work investigates different methods that can be used to tune textile surfaces for electronic functionality, including weaving, solution grafting, and initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD). While all of these methods were used to make triboelectrically-active textiles, iCVD combined with simple solution chemistry was also used to synthesize ionically conductive thin films on textiles for solid-state electrolytes. In general these methods elucidate facile pathways towards smart clothing fabrication.

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