Preparation of durable hydrophobic cellulose fabric from water glass and mixed organosilanes

Songmin Shang, Zhengxiong Li, Yanjun Xing, John Haozhong Xin, Xiaoming Tao

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Durable superhydrophobic cellulose fabric was prepared from water glass and n-octadecyltriethoxysilane (ODTES) with 3-glycidyloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) as crosslinker by sol-gel method. The result showed that the addition of GPTMS could result in a better fixation of silica coating from water glass on cellulose fabric. The silanization of hydrolyzed ODTES at different temperatures and times was studied and optimized. The results showed that silanization time was more important than temperature in forming durable hydrophobic surface. The durability of superhydrophobicity treatment was analyzed by XPS. As a result, the superhydrophobic cotton treated under the optimal condition still remained hydrophobic properties after 50 washing cycles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1495-1499
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Surface Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2010


  • Durability
  • Hydrophobic fabric
  • Silanization
  • Water glass
  • XPS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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