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Textile-Based Flexible Electroluminescent Devices

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Flexible and transparent textile-based conductors are developed by inkjet printing poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) onto polyethylene terephthalate (PET) mesh fabrics. The conductivity–transparency relationship is determined for textile-based conductors with different thicknesses of the printed PEDOT:PSS film. The function of these textile-based conductors is studied in the alternating current powder electroluminescent (ACPEL) devices and compared with indium tin oxide (ITO) glass in an ACPEL device of the same configuration. Textiles coated with conducting polymers are a potential alternative to coated polymer films for flexible, transparent conductors.

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