Conducting materials as building blocks for electronic textiles
Review article, 2021

To realize the full gamut of functions that are envisaged for electronic textiles (e-textiles) a range of semiconducting, conducting and electrochemically active materials are needed. This article will discuss how metals, conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes, and two-dimensional (2D) materials, including graphene and MXenes, can be used in concert to create e-textile materials, from fibers and yarns to patterned fabrics. Many of the most promising architectures utilize several classes of materials (e.g., elastic fibers composed of a conducting material and a stretchable polymer, or textile devices constructed with conducting polymers or 2D materials and metal electrodes). While an increasing number of materials and devices display a promising degree of wash and wear resistance, sustainability aspects of e-textiles will require greater attention.

2D materials






Anja Lund

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Yunyun Wu

University of Windsor

Benji Fenech-Salerno

Imperial College London

Felice Torrisi

Imperial College London

Tricia Breen Carmichael

University of Windsor

Christian Müller

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Wallenberg Wood Science Center (WWSC)

MRS Bulletin

0883-7694 (ISSN)

Vol. 46 6 491-501

Subject Categories

Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials

Materials Chemistry

Composite Science and Engineering



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