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Transparent and double sided hydrophobic functionalization of cotton fabric by surfactant-assisted admicellar polymerization of fluoromonomers

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Abstract

We report a simple procedure to prepare hydrophobic cotton textiles by admicellar polymerization. By in situ introducing fluoropolymers to cotton fibers to generate dual-sided surface roughness, followed by hydrophobization with octafluoropentyl acrylate, cotton which is normally hydrophilic has been easily changed to be hydrophobic, exhibiting a static water contact angle of 126° for a 20 μL droplet. When an octafluoroalkyl chain is introduced to the cotton surface, the hydrophobic textile also becomes highly oleophilic. After the incorporation of fluoropolymers to the cotton surface, the surface becomes rougher, as demonstrated by SEM analysis.

Graphical abstract: Transparent and double sided hydrophobic functionalization of cotton fabric by surfactant-assisted admicellar polymerization of fluoromonomers

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The article was received on 05 Jan 2018, accepted on 16 Mar 2018 and first published on 05 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00019K
Citation: New J. Chem., 2018,42, 6831-6838
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    Transparent and double sided hydrophobic functionalization of cotton fabric by surfactant-assisted admicellar polymerization of fluoromonomers

    S. Mondal, S. Pal and J. Maity, New J. Chem., 2018, 42, 6831
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NJ00019K

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