Fabrication and properties of nano indium tin oxide/wool keratin composites

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  • Rong Li,

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    1. Key Laboratory of Science and Technology of Eco-Textiles (Ministry of Education), Donghua University, People's Republic of China
    2. National Engineering Research Center for Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Donghua University, People's Republic of China
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  • Jinsong He,

    1. Key Laboratory of Science and Technology of Eco-Textiles (Ministry of Education), Donghua University, People's Republic of China
    2. National Engineering Research Center for Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Donghua University, People's Republic of China
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  • Feng Wen,

    1. Key Laboratory of Science and Technology of Eco-Textiles (Ministry of Education), Donghua University, People's Republic of China
    2. National Engineering Research Center for Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Donghua University, People's Republic of China
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  • Dong Wang

    1. National Engineering Research Center for Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Donghua University, People's Republic of China
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ABSTRACT

A functional keratin/indium tin oxide (ITO) composite was prepared by a route involving an ionic liquid dissolving process and a wet-chemical codeposition technique. The crystal structure and morphology of ITO were investigated by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. The factors influencing the crystal structure and the size of the ITO were investigated in detail. The optimal In/Sn ratio, reaction temperature, and pH value were found to be 10:1, 70°C, and 7, respectively. The sheet resistance of the composite reached 0.39 kΩ/□. In addition, the composite films possessed a perfect UV protection ability with a UV protection factor of up to 43.78. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 39641.

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