Low stress mechanical properties of plasma-treated cotton fabric subjected to zinc oxide-anti-microbial treatment

Chi Wai Kan, Yin Ling Lam

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Cotton fabrics are highly popular because of their excellent properties such as regeneration, bio-degradation, softness, affinity to skin and hygroscopic properties. When in contact with the human body, cotton fabrics offer an ideal environment for microbial growth due to their ability to retain oxygen, moisture and warmth, as well as nutrients from spillages and body sweat. Therefore, an anti-microbial coating formulation (Microfresh and Microban together with zinc oxide as catalyst) was developed for cotton fabrics to improve treatment effectiveness. In addition, plasma technology was employed in the study which roughened the surface of the materials, improving the loading of zinc oxides on the surface. In this study, the low stress mechanical properties of plasma pre-treated and/or anti-microbial-treated cotton fabric were studied. The overall results show that the specimens had improved bending properties when zinc oxides were added in the anti-microbial coating recipe. Also, without plasma pre-treatment, anti-microbial-treatment of cotton fabric had a positive effect only on tensile resilience, shear stress at 0.5° and compressional energy, while plasma-treated specimens had better overall tensile properties even after anti-microbial treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-333
Number of pages20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2013


  • Antimicrobial
  • Cotton
  • Low stress mechanical properties
  • Plasma treatment
  • Zinc oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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