Reducing silk fibrillation through MMA graft method

Songmin Shang, Lei Zhu, Weiguo Chen, Lingmin Yi, Dongming Qi, Lei Yang

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Silk fibrillation, one major weakness of silk fibers, can lead to undesirable fabric appearance. In this research, an effective method for reducing the fibrillation of silk fibers through the graft copolymerization with methyl methacrylate (MMA) has been developed. The major copolymerization factors such as the initiator concentration, MMA monomer concentration, reaction time and temperature were investigated. An AATCC Crockmeter was used to rub the fabric to simulate the abrasion in production to generate the fibrillation. The microscope observation and the evaluation of fibrillation index (FI) were applied to assess the degree of fibrillation of silk fibers. The optimum graft copolymerization factors were obtained. Instrumental analyses, such as FTIR, TG and SEM, proved that the silk fabric had been successfully grafted with MMA monomers. The fibrillation of the grafted silk fibers was considerably reduced since the coated PMMA can protect the silk fiber. In addition, the physical properties such as the crease recovery, breaking strength, and the breaking length of the grafted silk fabrics were also improved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-812
Number of pages6
JournalFibers and Polymers
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010


  • Graft polymerization
  • Methyl methacrylate (MMA)
  • Silk fiber fibrillation
  • Silk modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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