Physical and chemical analysis of plasma-treated cotton fabric subjected to wrinkle-resistant finishing

Y. L. Lam, Chi Wai Kan, C. W.M. Yuen

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Cotton fabrics were treated with oxygen plasma gas and/or wrinkle-resistant finishing agent with polycarboxylic acid. The results of wicking rate, contact angle and wettability tests revealed that the atmospheric plasma treatment significantly improved hydrophilicity of cotton fiber. Such improvement greatly enhances the effectiveness of post-finishing processes. The study showed that chemical composition of cotton fabric surface changed after plasma and wrinkle-resistant treatment. Chemical composition of surface of treated cotton specimens was evaluated with different characterization methods, namely, FTIR-ATR and EDX. The experimental results are thoroughly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-503
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2011


  • Co-catalyst
  • Cotton fabric
  • Plasma treatment
  • Surface chemical analysis
  • Surface physical analysis
  • Wrinkle-resistant finishing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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