Methods of coating textiles with soluble conducting polymers

Kaynak, Akif and Foitzik, Richard 2011, Methods of coating textiles with soluble conducting polymers, Research journal of textile and apparel, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 107-113.

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Title Methods of coating textiles with soluble conducting polymers
Author(s) Kaynak, Akif
Foitzik, Richard
Journal name Research journal of textile and apparel
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 107
End page 113
Total pages 7
Publisher Hong Kong Institution of Textile and Apparel
Place of publication Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1560-6074
Keyword(s) wool
surface treatment
Summary Soluble conducting alkyl polypyrrole polymers have been applied by either chemical polymerization of the 3-alkyl monomers or direct application of polymer emulsion to the surface. Solution, vapor and spray polymerization methods of coating poly(3-alkylpyrroles) to the surface of woven wool fabrics are explored. Conductive textile samples have also been prepared by applying emulsions of soluble prepolymerized 3-alkylpyrrole to the fabric surface. Direct applications of a conductive paint to the textile surface eliminate the exposure of the substrate to damaging oxidizing agents which allow the coating of more sensitive and delicate substrates. All textiles produced are tested for abrasion resistance and conductivity. For alkyl polypyrrole coated fabrics, the optimum carbon chain lengths are between n=10 and n=14, which result in optimum values of conductivity and solubility. The darkness of the tone is inversely related to the surface resistivity of the resulting conductive fabric. Therefore, deep black coatings have low resistivity whereas light gray coatings on a white fabric surface have higher surface resistivity. Longer alkyl chains result in higher surface resistivity in fabrics. The conductive coating of poly(3-decanylpyrrole) on the textile surface has a better abrasion resistance compared to that of an unsubstituted polypyrrole coating.
Language eng
Field of Research 091012 Textile Technology
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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