Wrinkle Recovery for Cellulosic Fabric by Means of Ionic Crosslinking

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Title: Wrinkle Recovery for Cellulosic Fabric by Means of Ionic Crosslinking
Author: Bilgen, Mustafa
Advisors: Peter Hauser, Committee Chair
Abstract: When treated with formaldehyde-based crosslinkers, cellulosic fabrics show improved mechanical stability, wrinkle recovery angles and durable press performance, but N-methylol treatment also causes fabrics to lose strength and later to release formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen. We have discovered that ionic crosslinks can stabilize cellulose using high or low molecular weight ionic materials which do not release hazardous reactive chemicals, but at the same time provide improved wrinkle recovery angles as well as complete strength retention in treated goods. We have varied polyelectrolyte, the ionic content of fabrics, and various features of the application procedure to optimize the results and to develop an in-depth fundamental physical and chemical understanding of the stabilization mechanism.
Date: 2006-04-21
Degree: MS
Discipline: Textile Chemistry
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/2408


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