From natural leather to intelligent wearable nanocomposite: design and application

Ziyang Fan, Min Sang, Xinglong Gong, Ken Cham Fai Leung*, Shouhu Xuan*

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As a natural material, leather has been widely used in daily life due to its high biocompatibility, wearing comfort, and excellent mechanical strength. However, with the increasing demand for a better life among people, the single function of leather has difficulty in meeting the requirements, which limits its application prospects. It is particularly important to develop multifunctional leather composites with diverse characteristics. Therefore, leather can be modified and functionally designed through physical and chemical methods towards intelligent wearable devices. From this perspective, we review the research progress of intelligent leather-based wearable composites, mainly focusing on the preparation methods and application directions in recent years. Finally, we emphasize the challenges that leather composites will face in practical applications and propose future research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Number of pages16
JournalSoft Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 20 Feb 2024

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • flexible electronics
  • Leather
  • safeguarding
  • soft sensors
  • thermal management


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