Bio-Derived Polymeric Nanofibers for Textile, e-Textile and Tactile Membranes

Ashok Vaseashta, Yuri Dekhtyar, Didem Demir, Nimet Bolgen

International Clean Water Institute, VA USA
Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey
Mersin University, Mersin, Turkey

Bio-Derived Polymers exist in abundance and display diverse chemical compositions, tunable properties, processability, excellent biocompatibility and biodegradability as well as nontoxicity. This feature provides capability for futuristic ubiquitous networked wearable and tactile electronics membranes and devices to efficiently scavenge and store operational power from their working environment. Based on our previous work on wearable electronics and electrospun nanofibers, we provide an overview of the recent progress and future applications in textile, e-textile, tactile sensing (sensors, actuators, transistors) and triboelectric devices (batteries, supercapacitors, triboelectric nanogenerators) fabricated using bio‐derived natural materials. The diverse structures and fabrication processes of three typical biopolymers provide sustainable pathways that would enable viable self‐powering schemes in societally‐pervasive applications. Additionally, challenges and potential research opportunities are analyzed.




Keywords: biopolymers; tactile; triboelectric; wearable; sensors

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