Buckled Conductive Polymer Ribbons in Elastomer Channels as Stretchable Fiber Conductor

Jian Zhou*, Guoqiang Tian, Gang Jin, Yangyang Xin, Ran Tao, Gilles Lubineau

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Conductors that can sustain large strains without change in resistance are highly needed for wearable electronic systems. Here, the fabrication of highly stretchable coaxial fiber conductors through self-buckling of conductive polymer ribbons inside thermoplastic elastomer channels, using a “solution stretching–drying–buckling” process, is reported. The unique hierarchically buckled and conductive core in the axial direction makes the resistance of the fiber very stable, with less than 4% change when applying as much as 680% strain. These fibers can then be directly used as stretchable electrical interconnects or wearable heaters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1907316
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • buckling
  • coaxial fibers
  • conductive polymers
  • resistance change
  • stretchable fiber conductors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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