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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2375836, 11 pages
Research Article

A Novel Two-Step Method for Fabricating Silver Plating Cotton Fabrics

1School of Textiles, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387, China
2Institute of Smart Wearable Electronic Textiles, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387, China
3Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Composite Materials, Ministry of Education of China, Tianjin 300387, China

Received 26 April 2016; Revised 10 July 2016; Accepted 21 July 2016

Academic Editor: Yilong Cheng

Copyright © 2016 Hao Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel two-step method was presented for fabricating silver plating cotton fabrics (SPCFs) with high electrical conductivity and excellent washing fastness. First, polydopamine (PDA) film was coated on the surface of cotton fabrics by in situ polymerization of dopamine, the silver ions in silver nitrate solution were reduced by the catechol groups of polydopamine, and silver nanoparticles were combined with polydopamine by covalent bond on the surface of cotton fabrics. Second, silver ions were reduced by glucose, and silver plating was coated on the surface. Subsequently, the properties of SPCFs were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and so forth. With the increasing of silver-ammonia solution concentration or dopamine concentration, the surface resistivity of SPCFs decreases and gradually stabilized. The surface resistivity of the SPCFs can reach , and electromagnetic shielding effectiveness (ESE) of the SPCFs can reach  dB. Conductive fabrics have wide application prospect in many of fields, such as antibacterial, intelligent textiles, smart garments, electromagnetic shielding, and flexible sensors.