Vapor-Phase Deposition of Surface Polymers and Cross-Linking on Cotton Fabrics

W. Brenner, B. Rugg, W. Liu

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Vapor-phase deposition of selected polymers on cotton fibers offers certain potentially attractive characteristics over conventional liquid-phase textile processing. These include uniformity and completeness of coverage at low add-on's in the absence of solvents, lower reaction temperatures and/or shorter exposure times, and use of reactants normally sensitive to water and solvents, all or some of which may result in a more favorable balance of the performance properties of such polymer-coated cottons. High molecular-weight polyoxymethylene polymer deposits were obtained by the immersion of cotton fabrics in a suitable alkaline catayst solution at ambient temperatures and in air, followed by exposure of the catalyzed cloths to purified monomeric formaldehyde vapor. Polyamide polymer deposits were realized by modified interfacial polymerization tech niques, also under mild reaction conditions. The properties of these polymer-coated cotton fabrics were determined over a range of polymer add-on's, with emphasis on the effects of treatments with various cross-linking agents. Both methylo lamide-treated, polyoxymethylene-coated and diisocyanate-treated polyamide-coated cotton fabrics were found to exhibit significant improvements in wrinkle recovery and other performance properties with superior strength retention at relatively low polymer add-on's, compared to conventionally cross-linked fabrics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-329
Number of pages12
JournalTextile Research Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1970


  • 1,2,3,4-cyclopentane tetracarboxylic acid
  • 2
  • 2
  • 4-(2,4,4-) trimethylhexamethylene diisocyanate
  • Aerotex Reactant LC (TN)
  • Catalyst X4 (TN)
  • Cotton
  • DMEU
  • Mykon SF (TN)
  • Nylon 610 (TN)
  • Permafresh 183 (TN)
  • Rhonite R1 (TN)
  • Textile processing (general). Shape
  • Triton X100 (TN)
  • Triton X405 (TN)
  • abrasion
  • abrasion resistance
  • abrasion testing
  • acetic anhydride
  • add-on testing
  • alkaline catalyst
  • antioxidant
  • carboxylic acids
  • catalyst. Concentration
  • chemical analysis
  • coated fabrics. Interfacial polymerization
  • coated fabrics. Textile materials
  • cross-linking
  • cross-linking
  • cross-linking agents
  • deposition
  • deposition
  • dibutyl diacetate
  • dimethylformamide
  • diphenylamine
  • end-capping
  • epichlorhydrin
  • esterification
  • esterification
  • ethanol
  • fire resistance testing
  • flame resistance
  • flame resistance. Sodium hydroxide
  • formaldehyde
  • glyoxal compounds Aerotex Reactant 1 (TN)
  • halogenated compounds
  • hexamethylenediamine
  • interfacial polymerization
  • isocyanates
  • maleic acid
  • methylol amides
  • methylol compounds
  • pad-dry-cure process
  • polyamide
  • polymers
  • polyoxymethylene
  • reactants. Chemically modified cotton
  • sebacoyl chloride
  • shape. Chemically modified cotton
  • sodium acetate
  • softener
  • solvents
  • strength elongation testing
  • strength retention
  • strength testing
  • t-butylamine
  • tear strength
  • tear testing
  • temperature. Deposition
  • time
  • uron compounds
  • wrinkle recovery
  • wrinkle recovery
  • wrinkle recovery testing
  • zinc nitrate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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