Ink-jet printing for plasma-treated cotton fabric with biomaterial

Chi Wai Kan, C.W.M. Yuen, W.Y. Tsoi, C.K. Chan

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Abstract

Currently, sodium alginate is commonly used for preparing the printing medium for digital ink-jet printing due to its ready solubility and excellent stability even at high-temperature fixation treatments. Similar to sodium alginate, chitosan is also widely used as novel biomaterial. As a natural polymer, sodium alginate and chitosan are biocompatible, biodegradable and non-toxic. Therefore, chitosan may be used as a chemical for preparing printing medium for digital ink-jet printing for cotton fabric. Recently, low temperature plasma (LTP) treatment has proved to be an effective pretreatment method for the improving coating process by altering the surface properties of the material without much changing of the bulk properties. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the possibility of applying LTP treatment as pretreatment process to enhance the coating of printing medium, i.e. sodium alginate and sodium alginate/chitosan mixture, so as to improve the final properties of the digital ink-jet printed cotton fabric.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalASEAN Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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