Jiesheng Ren – Electron microscopy image of the conductive graphene-cotton composite.
1. A new process deposits graphene-based inks to
produce a conductive textile made from our most widely used fabric – cotton.
process was developed by the Cambridge Graphene Centre, UK, and Jiangnan
3. Most current wearable sensors use rigid electronic
components mounted on flexible substrates such as plastic films and textiles –
these can be uncomfortable to wear and can be damaged when washed. The
researchers found that the graphene-coated cotton could reliably detect up to
500 motion cycles, even after more than 10 washing machine cycles.
4. Graphene also benefits from environmental and
5. Potential areas of application include personal
health technology, high-performance sportswear and military apparel.
on electric cotton see page 8 of the January issue of Materials World.