Tunable wettability of polyester fabrics functionalized by chitosan/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-coacrylic acid) microgels

Pelagia Glampedaki

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    Functionalization of textiles has been the aim of many studies in the field of intelligent materials. Biomimesis (lotus, pinecone effect etc.), adapting informatics to textile production (integration of computer-controlled electronic sensors), creating new fibres either natural or synthetic (algae biocomposite, ferroelectric polymeric etc.) and convergence of opposites (e.g. hydrophilic with hydrophobic materials) are some of the approaches used for textile functionalization [1-5]. This research focuses on a novel approach for developing advanced textile materials with biopolymer-based functionalities: the use of a hydrophilic stimuli-responsive system based on polyelectrolyte hydrogels for the surface modification of hydrophobic polyester fabrics. The aim was to render textiles responsive to external stimuli such as pH and temperature changes, without affecting dramatically their good intrinsic properties (e.g. mechanical strength). This research involved the following tasks: preparation of surface modifying systems (hydrogels) based on specifically selected polymers; characterization of the surface functionalization; and study of the new functionalities imparted to the textile, expressed as pH/thermo-responsiveness of the material.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSurface modification systems for creating stimuli responsiveness of textiles
    Subtitle of host publicationworkshop proceedings
    EditorsDragan Jocić
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherUniversity of Twente
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9789036531221
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventAdvanbiotex Workshop 2010 - University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
    Duration: 25 Nov 201025 Nov 2010


    ConferenceAdvanbiotex Workshop 2010


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