Conductive cotton fabric through thermal reduction of graphene oxide enhanced by commercial antioxidants used in the plastics industry
Electrical conductivity was imparted to a cotton fabric through thermal reduction of graphene oxide. The reduction was enhanced by commercial antioxidants used in the plastics industry. The cotton fabric was coated with GO by the padding method and dipped in antioxidant solution. After drying, the antioxidant assisted reduction of GO was conducted at 220 °C in air. The electrical properties and hydrophobicity of thus-modified fabric were examined. The structure of materials was analyzed by atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Application of the antioxidants permitted to reach lower values of surface electrical resistivity of the fabric. After the reduction all fabric samples became hydrophobic.
KeywordsCotton fabric Graphene oxide Electrical surface resistivity Antioxidants
The financial support of this work from the National Science Centre, Poland (UMO-2014/15/B/ST8/04286) is acknowledged. The authors are grateful to D. Puchowicz for the Raman analysis. The Raman analysis was carried out on the apparatus purchased in the Key Project POIG 01.03.01-00-004/08 Functional nano- and micro textile materials - NANOMITEX.
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