Electrical conduction of reduced graphene oxide coated meta-aramid textile and its evolution under aging conditions

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  • High-performance textiles – such as those used in protective clothing – age silently, undergoing a gradual reduction in their protective properties. We propose that an electrically conducting layer that loses its conductivity systematically under aging conditions can be used as an end-of-life-sensor for textiles. In the present work, we first present a simple method to prepare conductive tracks on a meta-aramid woven fabric using reduced graphene oxide. While 15 iterations of reduced graphene oxide coating cycles were needed to wrap around each m-aramid fiber with reduced graphene oxide sheets completely, 10 cycles were sufficient to establish the electrical conductivity that remained stable for up to 10 laboratory wash cycles (equivalent to 50 domestic laundry cycles). The conductivity of these reduced graphene oxide coated fabrics remained stable upon immersion in water. Furthermore, we established a fabrication protocol for patterning both single-sided and two-sided reduced graphene oxide tracks on the m-aramid fabric. The former is designed to lose its conductivity upon abrasion, while the latter is designed to undergo a gradual transition in properties during aging. Assessment with a Martindale abrasion tester revealed that the single-sided reduced graphene oxide–track lost its conductivity after 150 abrasion cycles, whereas the two-sided reduced graphene oxide–tracks survived 3000 abrasion cycles. These results demonstrate that a simple reduced graphene oxide coating technique can be used to prepare end-of-life sensors for high-performance textiles.

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    Chungyeon Cho, Anastasia Elias, Jane Batcheller, Patricia Dolez, and Hyun-Joong Chung. (2019). Electrical conduction of reduced graphene oxide coated meta-aramid textile and its evolution under aging conditions. Journal of Industrial Textiles.
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