Author(s) Wang, Y.; Xia, S.; Xiao, G.; Di, J.; Wang, J.
Journal ACS Appl Mater Interfaces
Date Published 2020 Mar 04

Although desirable in next-generation flexible electronics, fabricating hybrid film materials with excellent integration of mechanical and thermally conductive yet electrically insulating properties is still a challenge. In mollusk nacre, a small volume of the chitin nanofiber framework hosts 95 vol % CaCO microplatelets, enabling the high-loading natural composites to exhibit a ductile deformation behavior. Inspired by this, we fabricate a large-area, boron nitride-based bio-inspired paper using a facile sol-gel-film conversion approach, in which BN microplatelets with a loading of 40-80 wt % are embedded into a 3D poly(-phenylene benzobisoxazole) nanofiber framework. Because of the vital role of the 3D nanofiber framework, the BN-based paper exhibits plastic-like ductility (38-80%), ultrahigh toughness (10-100 MJ m), and good folding endurance. The high-loading BN platelets form an oriented, percolative network and endow the paper with outstanding in-plane thermal conductivity (77.1-214.2 W m K) comparable to that of some metals, such as aluminum alloys (108-230 W m K). Using the electrically insulating BN-based paper as a flexible substrate, we demonstrate its promising application for lowering the temperature of electronic devices.

DOI 10.1021/acsami.9b21753
ISSN 1944-8252
Citation ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2020.

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