The effect of plasma treatment on water absorption properties of silk fabrics

Chi Wai Kan, Yin ling Lam

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This paper examines effects of modification of silk fabric surface by oxygen plasma treatment. Both raw and degummed silk fabrics were plasma-treated. Preliminary results, by contact angle measurement, revealed that water absorbed immediately by the plasma-treated raw and degummed silk fabrics. In order to study the effect of plasma treatment conditions such as oxygen flow rate, exposure time, and jet-to-substrate distance on the water absorption properties of silk fabrics. The silk fabrics were treated under different plasma conditions and their water absorption properties were tested by measuring wettability and wickability. Experimental results revealed that the plasma conditions would affect the water absorption properties of silk fabrics. t is believed that such effect may be contributed by surface physical etching and chemical modification introduced by plasma treatment. On the whole, it could conclude that oxygen plasma treatment improved both wettability and wickability of raw as well as degummed silk fabrics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1705-1714
Number of pages10
JournalFibers and Polymers
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2015


  • Degummed silk
  • Plasma treatment
  • Silk fabric
  • Wettability
  • Wickability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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