Elastomer-Infiltrated Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube Film-Based Wavy-Configured Stretchable Conductors
journal contributionposted on 13.08.2014, 00:00 authored by Ung-Hui Shin, Dong-Wook Jeong, Soo-Hyung Kim, Hyung Woo Lee, Jong-Man Kim
Elastomer-infiltrated vertically aligned carbon nanotube (VACNT) forests are good candidates for use as stretchable conductors that can retain the electrical properties under relatively large stretching. The electrical performance can be further enhanced in terms of high stretchability and small change in the electrical resistance by using a wavy configuration. In this work, we present a wavy-structured high-performance stretchable conductor prepared by a simple prestraining approach based on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)-infiltrated VACNT films. Prior to the infiltration process, the VACNT forests can also be easily micropatterned by a PDMS stamp-assisted contact transfer printing technique. The conductive VACNT forest patterns are fully infiltrated with highly elastic PDMS, and the PDMS/VACNT film is conformally and strongly bonded to the prestrained PDMS substrate with the help of an intermediate thin PDMS layer, resulting in mechanical robustness of the whole device. The fabricated wavy VACNT conductor shows a small resistance change ratio of less than 6% with a tensile strain of up to 100% (prestrained level) and a high reversibility under multiple stretching/releasing cycles with a maximum strain of 100%.