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Shu Zhu, Ju-Hee So, Robin Mays, Sharvil Desai, William R. Barnes, Behnam Pourdeyhimi and Michael D. Dickey Ultrastretchable Fibers with Metallic Conductivity Using a Liquid Metal Alloy Core Advanced Functional Materials 23

Article first published online: 13 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201202405

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The fabrication and characterization of fibers that are ultrastretchable and have metallic electrical conductivity are described. The fibers consist of a liquid metal alloy, eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn), injected into the core of stretchable hollow fibers composed of a triblock copolymer, poly[styrene-b-(ethylene-co-butylene)-b-styrene] (SEBS) resin. The hollow fibers are easy to mass-produce with controlled size by using commercially available melt processing methods.

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