Stretchable Electromagnetic Interference Shielding Textile Using Conductive Polymers and Metal Nanoparticles

Siavashani V. S., Gürsoy N. Ç., Montazer M., Altay P.

FIBERS AND POLYMERS, vol.23, no.10, pp.2748-2759, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 10
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12221-022-4492-6
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aerospace Database, Compendex, INSPEC, Metadex
  • Page Numbers: pp.2748-2759
  • Keywords: Stretchable fabric, Conductive polymers, Silver nanoparticles, Multifunctional property, Smart textiles, REDUCED GRAPHENE OXIDE, ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY, TEMPERATURE, POLYPYRROLE
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this research, multifunctional properties of cotton/lycra textiles coated with ternary composites of polypyrrole (PPy), silver nanoparticles (SNPs), and poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) (P-S-P composites) is reported. FTIR spectroscopy, XRD and XPS surface analysis proved successful in situ polymerization of the P-S and also attaching the PEDOT:PSS onto the cotton/lycra surface. Morphological observations showed that coating the cotton/lycra textile with the P-S-P composites made a more compact layer on the surface. Surface topology showed that the PEDOT:PSS was able to fill the gaps between the P-S composites, thus making the surface smoother. Wettability investigations showed that considering the Wenzel theory, by increasing the density of the P-S coating, the hydrophobicity of the fabric increased but according to the smoother surface of the fibers after coating with PEDOT:PSS, the hydrophobicity was slightly reduced. Due to filling the gaps on the surface and more compact layer, the P-S-P coated textile acted as an excellent electromagnetic interference shield (SE=40 dB) showed better electromagnetic absorption, reflection, and shielding effectiveness (SE) of about 40 %, 103 %, 115 % respectively than the P-S coated textile while the transmission decreased to 35 %. Moreover, the treated textile had wonderful antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive and negative bacteria and also fungi. According to flexibility, high conductivity, and multifunctional property, the cotton/lycra knitted textiles coated with P-S-P could be very reliable to be used for developing smart textiles which are desirable for protective and medical applications.