Effect of reverse micelle-encapsulated reactive dyes agglomeration in dyeing properties of cotton

Cheng Hao Lee, Alan Yiu Lun Tang, Yanming Wang, Chi Wai Kan

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Reverse micelles using nonionic poly(ethyleneglycol) (PEG)-based surfactant as building block were introduced to encapsulate reactive dye for cotton dyeing. The morphological transition of reactive dyes from well-dispersive spherical form into highly agglomerated form via various surfactant-to-co-surfactant molar ratios and surfactant-to-water molar ratios have been preliminary investigated. The dyeing properties of cotton has been analyzed in terms of dispersion of reverse micelle structure from transmission electron microscopy, identification of chemical signatures of dye-cotton interaction from Raman spectroscopy, color strength and relative levelness. The reverse micellar structures under both highly dispersed and agglomerated forms are in good agreement with color strength and levelness data. The optimization of surfactant conditions can be considered as major parameters for investigating the quality of cotton dyeing including color strength and levelling conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalDyes and Pigments
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • Co-surfactant
  • Cotton
  • Dye agglomeration
  • Reactive dye
  • Reverse micelle
  • Surfactant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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