Silver-decorated and palladium-coated copper-electroplated fibers derived from electrospun polymer nanofibers
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Here we introduce novel methods of forming silver (Ag) and palladium (Pd) fibers. The Ag and Pd fibers are fabricated by the combination of electrospinning, electroplating, and ion-exchange techniques. Their properties are characterized by scanning electron microscope with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, sheet resistance meter, UV–Vis spectrophotometer, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope. These non-woven metal fibers are free-standing and film-shaped with high electrical conductivity, as well as flexibility. Such properties are attractive for future applications of these materials in various electrochemical processes. © 2017 Elsevier B.V.