Development of Durable Shrink-resist Coating of Wool with Sol-gel Polymer Processing
Knitted wool fabric was pre-treated with the serine type protease, Esperase 8.0L (EC188.8.131.52), and sodium sulphite followed by an immersion treatment with a sol-gel hybrid polymer. To enhance the durability of the sol-gel treatment on wool, one of two different alkoxysilane containing coupling epoxy or mercapto groups were added to the sol-gel hybrid. The combination of protease treatment with an immersion sol-gel treatment achieved wool fabric that was lightweight with a soft handle and had combined shrink-resistance and hydrophobic properties without fibre discoloration. The addition of an alkoxysilane with a mercapto coupling group within the sol-gel hybrid gave better performance than using an alkoxysilane with an epoxy coupling group in terms of polymer uptake, fabric shrink resistance, whiteness and durability to washing.
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Citation : Shen, J., Smith, E., Chizyuka, M. and Prajapati, C. (2017) Development of Durable Shrink-resist Coating of Wool with Sol-gel Polymer Processing. Fibers and Polymers, 18 (9), pp. 1769-1779
Research Group : Textiles Engineering and Materials (TEAM)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
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