Novel core-shell particles with poly(n-butyl acrylate) cores and chitosan shells as an antibacterial coating for textiles

Weijun Ye, Man Fai Leung, John Haozhong Xin, Tsz Leung Kwong, Daniel Kam Len Lee, Pei Li

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A novel antibacterial coating for cotton fabrics has been developed using core-shell particles that consist of poly(n-butyl acrylate) (PBA) cores and chitosan shells. The spherical particles are prepared via a surfactant-free emulsion copolymerization of n-butyl acrylate in an aqueous chitosan solution induced by a small amount of tert-butyl hydroperoxide. The PBA-chitosan core-shell particles have a narrow particle size distribution with average particle diameter of approximately 300 nm, and display highly positive surface charges. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) images clearly reveal well-defined core-shell morphology of the particles where PBA cores are coated with chitosan shells. The particle is composed of both the PBA homopolymer and the chitosan-g-PBA copolymer, which have been characterized with FTIR and1H NMR spectroscopes. The cotton fabric is coated with PBA-chitosan particles by using a conventional pad-dry-cure method. Its antibacterial efficiency is then evaluated quantitatively against Staphylococcus aureus with the shake flask method. The cotton treated with PBA-chitosan particles demonstrates an excellent antibacterial activity with bacterial reductions more than 99%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10538-10543
Number of pages6
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2005


  • Antibacterial coating
  • Chitosan
  • Core-shell particles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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