Layer-by-layer assembly of polyelectrolyte multilayer onto PET fabric for highly tunable dyeing withwater soluble dyestuffs

Shili Xiao, Pengjun Xu, Qingyan Peng, Jiali Chen, Jiankang Huang, Faming Wang, Nuruzzaman Noor

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Poly(ethyleneterephthalate) (PET) is a multi-purpose and widely used synthetic polymer in many industrial fields because of its remarkable advantages such as low cost, light weight, high toughness and resistance to chemicals, and high abrasion resistance. However, PET suffers from poor dyeability due to its non-polar nature, benzene ring structure as well as high crystallinity. In this study, PET fabrics were firstly treated with an alkaline solution to produce carboxylic acid functional groups on the surface of the PET fabric, and then was modified by polyelectrolyte polymer through the electrostatic layer-by-layer self-assembly technology. The polyelectrolyte multilayer-deposited PET fabric was characterized using scanning electron microscopy SEM, contact angle, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The dyeability of PET fabrics before and after surface modification was systematically investigated. It showed that the dye-uptake of the polyelectrolyte multilayer-deposited PET fabric has been enhanced compared to that of the pristine PET fabric. In addition, its dyeability is strongly dependent on the surface property of the polyelectrolyte multilayer-deposited PET fabric and the properties of dyestuffs.
Original languageEnglish
Article number735
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2017


  • Layer-by-layer
  • Polyelectrolyte multilayer
  • Polyethylene terephthalate fabric
  • Self-assembly
  • Water soluble dyestuff

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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