Copper metallization of poly(ethylene terephthalate) fabrics via intermediate polyaniline layers
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Poly(ethylene terephthalate) fabrics were metallized through electroless plating of copper. The copper plating was performed on palladium-decorated polyaniline surfaces, and polyaniline was present as an intermediate layer on fabrics to facilitate palladium formation. Different oxidation states of polyaniline were tested in their efficacy in Pd (II) reduction and subsequent Cu plating. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to monitor the surface changes along the metallization procedure, and surface resistance was measure to probe the electrical properties of the metallized fabrics.
KeywordsMetallized fabric Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Polyaniline Electroless plating Surface resistance
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