New thin light-emitting fiber that could be woven into textiles and illuminate themselves, providing smart glowing clothes or other wearable electronics.
Zhitao Zhang at Fudan University in Shanghai and his team explored thin light-emitting fibers that can be woven into fabrics, devices known as polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells (PLECs).
The colour-tunable, weavable fibre-shaped PLECs can illuminate themselves, like OLEDs and are usually made up of two metal electrodes connected to an electroluminescent organic semiconductor.
Here, we report a colour-tunable, weavable fibre-shaped polymer light-emitting electrochemical cell (PLEC). The fibre-shaped PLEC is fabricated using all-solution-based processes that can be scaled up for practical applications.
Schematic of the structure of a flexible fibre-shaped PLEC.
Zhang, along with Huisheng Peng and their colleagues, published their findings in the journal Nature Photonics.