Biomimetic melanin dyestuffs for wool fabric in Situ coloration

Vicky L L So, Liang He, John Haozhong Xin

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It was attempted to bio-mimick the natural melanin biosynthetic pathway to dye textile fabric with natural-looking colors. In this method, dopamine was selected as a biomimetic molecule of 3,4- dihydroxyphenylalanine to form melanins-like colorants. It was found that the wool fabric could be dyed to different color hues in a controllable way by adding a second component to the dyeing bath. The dyed wool fabrics had good fastness. SEM analysis showed that the wool fibre surfaces were effectively covered by the polydopamine colorants.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFiber Society Spring 2013 Technical Conference
PublisherFiber Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event2013 Spring Technical Conference of the Fiber Society - Geelong, VIC, Australia
Duration: 22 May 201324 May 2013


Conference2013 Spring Technical Conference of the Fiber Society
CityGeelong, VIC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science


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