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Keywords:

  • stretchable conductors;
  • stretchable electronics;
  • polyelectrolyte brushes;
  • electroless deposition;
  • surface buckling
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Highly stretchable conductors are fabricated by polyelectrolyte-brush-induced metal electroless deposition on a prestrained elastomer. Upon release of the prestrain, the metal film on top buckles. The buckled metallic elastomer can maintain stable metallic conductivity under repetitive stretching.