Growth of nanostructured ZnO on wearable fabrics for functional garment

Hyejin Park, Fei Tong, Achintya Sujan, Yoonsung Chung, Minseo Park, Bruce J. Tatarchuk, Helen Koo, Hosang Ahn, Young Soo Yoon, Dong Joo Kim

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ZnO thin films and nanorods were grown via a wet chemical route on various wearable fabrics such as cotton, nylon, and polyester. The seed layer of ZnO was deposited by a dip-pad-cure method, and thermolysis assisted chemical solution method was used to grow well-aligned ZnO nanorods. The growth behaviors were investigated by comparing ZnO nanorods with/without a seed layer and on different fabrics. The seed layer significantly influenced the growth of ZnO nanorods while the types of fabrics did not. Nanostructured ZnO on fabrics showed reduced diffused reflectance near 380 nm by absorbing UV light. Increased electrical conductivity was also observed due to the ZnO nanorods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-50
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Mar 1

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from a Strategic Research Project ( 2013-0132 ) funded by the Korea Institute of Construction Technology , and by the Agency for Defense Development (ADD) as global cooperative research for direct urine fuel cell.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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