Plasma pretreatment for digital ink-jet printing for cotton fabric

Chi Wai Kan, C.W.M. Yuen, W.Y.I. Tsoi

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In this paper, plasma was used as a pretreatment for improving the coating process of printing medium for digital ink-jet printing process with reactive dye. Currently, sodium alginate is commonly used for preparing the printing medium for digital ink-jet printing due to its ready solubility and excellent stability even at high-temperature fixation treatments. However, chitosan is also widely used as novel biomaterial. As a natural polymer, sodium alginate and chitosan are biocompatible, biodegradable and non-toxic, chitosan may be used as a chemical for preparing the printing medium for digital ink-jet printing for cotton fabric. Recently, plasma treatment has proved to be an effective pretreatment method for the improving coating process by altering the surface properties of the material. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the application of plasma as a pretreatment process to enhance the coating of printing medium, i.e. sodium alginate and sodium alginate/chitosan mixture, so as to improve the colour properties of the digital ink-jet printed cotton fabric.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventTextile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium [TBIS] -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


ConferenceTextile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium [TBIS]
Period1/01/10 → …

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