Effect of concentration of titanium dioxide acting as catalyst or co-catalyst on the wrinkle-resistant finishing of cotton fabric

Y. L. Lam, Chi Wai Kan, C. W.M. Yuen

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The wrinkle-resistant property of cotton specimens treated by 1,2,3,4-butanetetracarboxylic acid (BTCA) and catalysed by sodium hypophosphite (SHP) in the presence of TiO2or nano-TiO2has been evaluated in the present study. In this study, Scanning Electron Microscopy proved the presence of TiO2or nano-TiO2on the fibre surface. It was also found that 0.1-0.2 % TiO2or nano-TiO2was the optimum concentration to enhance the wrinkle-resistance of BTCA-SHP-treated cotton fabrics. In addition, the TiO2or nano-TiO2added in the wrinkle-resistant treatment could act as a multi-functional finishing agent to improve the UV protection property while they are safe to human skin as proved by the cytotoxicity test. Therefore, TiO2or nano-TiO2was evident that they could enhance the finishing performance and minimise the side effect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-558
Number of pages8
JournalFibers and Polymers
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2010


  • Catalyst
  • Cotton
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Wrinkle-resistant finishing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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