Plasma-assisted regenerable chitosan antimicrobial finishing for cotton

Chang E. Zhou, Chi Wai Kan

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In this study, nitrogen-plasma treatment was used to enhance the coating of chitosan onto cotton fabric and chlorine was introduced into nitrogen-containing groups on the chitosan coated fabric in order to make it antimicrobial by chlorination with sodium hypochlorite. The antimicrobial property and its rechargeability were investigated. FTIR, UV and scanning electron microscope were used to evaluate the surface properties, including the existence of chitosan on cotton fabric, the content of chitosan on cotton fabric and the surface topography of cotton fabric after modification. The results showed that nitrogen-plasma introduces nitrogen-containing groups into cotton fabric, the coating of chitosan on fabric was improved with nitrogen plasma treatment and chlorine was introduced into the chitosan coated fabric successfully which inhibits bacteria effectively and it is rechargeable. Thus, the antimicrobial property of cotton fabric coated with chitosan with the aid of nitrogen-plasma treatment after chlorination achieved good effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2951-2962
Number of pages12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Antimicrobial
  • Chitosan
  • Cotton
  • Plasma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics

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