9166 Imparting Multi-Functional Properties to Cotton Fabric by Means of Sol Gel Process

Wednesday, January 7, 2009: 1:55 PM
Conf. Room 11 (Marriott Rivercenter Hotel)
Noureddine Abidi, Eric F. Hequet and Luis Cabrales, Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute - Dept. Plant & Soil Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Cotton fabric surface was successfully functionalized by means of sol gel process to impart multifunctional properties.  Functionalizing with vinyltrimethoxysilane imparted water repellency and wrinkle recovery and introduced onto the fabric surface vinyl groups (-CH=CH2) that could be initiated for copolymerization reactions with various monomers.  Functionalizing the fabric surface with tetraethyl orthotitanate (Ti(OCH2CH3)4) imparted excellent  UVR scattering and “self-cleaning” properties.