Absorbent yarns from silk by in-situ polymerization

Ka I. Lee, Xin Kun Lu, Bin Fei, John Haozhong Xin

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Abstract

Composite silk yarns were prepared by in-situ polymerization of two monomers - acrylamide and sodium acrylate with the aid of lithium bromide. The swelling of silk in lithium bromide solutions was observed under optical microscope. These composite yarns were characterized on morphology, tensile properties and water absorption. Typical porous structure was observed in the composite yarns. The silk yarn's tensile properties were improved remarkably in both dry and wet states. The composite yarns showed higher water absorption than the raw silk. These modified silk yarns have potential applications such as wound dressing and dermal reconstruction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium Proceedings 2014 - 7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014
PublisherBinary Information Press
Pages60-63
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014 - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 6 Aug 20148 Aug 2014

Conference

Conference7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014
CountryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period6/08/148/08/14

Keywords

  • Absorbent yarn
  • Flexibility
  • In-situ polymerization
  • Silk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials

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