Study of physico-chemical surface treatments on dyeing properties of polyamides. Part 1: Effect of tetrafluoromethane low temperature plasma

Yiu Wan Yip, K. Chan, K. M. Sin, K. S. Lau

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Polyamide (nylon 6) fabrics have been treated with tetrafluoromethane low temperature plasma and then dyed with commercially available acid and disperse dyes. The morphology of the treated surfaces has been examined by scanning electron microscopy and chemical surface changes characterised by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Dyeing results show that the plasma treatment slows down the rate of exhaustion but does not reduce the amount of absorption of acid dyes. The dyeing properties of disperse dyes on plasma-treated nylon fabrics changed markedly when compared with untreated fabric. A slight improvement in colour fastness is seen with the treated sample. The dyeing process has only a minor effect on the water-resistant surface, indicating that a stable surface has been achieved by the treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalColoration Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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