The application of temperature-sensitive hydrogels to textiles: A review of Chinese and Japanese investigations

Baohua Liu, Jinlian Hu

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Scientists have made many attempts to develop smart textiles by grafting the copolymerisation of environment-responsive polymers (ERP) onto the surface of fabrics. Among the ERPs used for this purpose, poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAAm) has attracted considerable attention due to its well-defined lower critical solution temperature (LCST) in an aqueous medium of temperature about 32-34°C, which is close to body temperature. This article summarises recent advances in the application of PNIPAAm and its copolymer hydrogels to temperature-sensitive hygroscopic fabrics, environment-sensitive deodorant fibres and stimuli-sensitive nutrient delivery fabrics. Another temperature sensitive poly(2-ethoxyethyl vinyl ether)/poly(hydroxyethyl vinyl ether) copolymer (EOVE200-HOVE40) is also briefly introduced, with regard to its application in thermally-controlled Vitamin E release.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-49
Number of pages5
JournalFibres and Textiles in Eastern Europe
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005


  • Controlled release
  • Deodorant
  • Fabrics
  • Hydrogel
  • Poly (N-isopropyl acrylamide)
  • Temperature sensitive

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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