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Properties of Cotton Fabric Modified with a Chitosan Quaternary Ammonium SaltNanoparticle

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  • Zhang Wei
    School of Textiles and Clothes, Yancheng Institute of Technology, Jiangsu, P. R. China
  • Dai Xinlan
    Jiangsu Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau Textile Laboratory, Nanjing, P. R. China
  • Zhou Jinjie (j/w)

Nr DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0012.1322

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In this study, a novel fibre-reactive nanoparticle was synthesised in three steps. First awater-soluble chitosan derivative, N-[(2-hydroxy-3-trimethylammonium)propyl] chitosanchloride (short for HTCC), was prepared by reacting chitosan with 2,3-poxypropyltrimethylammonium chloride. Second the HTCC was further modified by reacting it with N-(hydroxymethyl)-acrylamide to prepare a fibre-reactive chitosan derivative, O-methyl acrylamide quaternary ammonium salt of chitosan (short for NMA-HTCC), which can form covalent bonds with cellulose fibre under alkaline conditions. Thirdly NMA-HTCC nanoparticles were prepared by the ionotropic gelation reaction method. The particle size and TEM researches indicated that the globular NMA-HTCC nanoparticle with a size distribution of 15 - 50 nm was successfully prepared and presented good dispersity and stability. Then the NMA-HTCC nanoparticle was used for the textile finishing of cotton fabric. The modified cotton fabric demonstrated excellent durable wrinkle-resistance and antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, even after 50 repeated launderings. Moreover the shrinkage-resistance of the modified cotton fabric was distinctly improved, and the contact angle was slightly larger, while the whiteness and mechanical properties had not changed in an obvious way.


fibre-reactive quaternary ammonium salt of chitosan, nanoparticle, cotton fabric, antibacterial activity, wrinkle-resistance, laundering durability.


Zhang W, Dai X, Zhou J. Properties of Cotton Fabric Modified with a Chitosan Quaternary Ammonium Salt Nanoparticle. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2018; 26, 4(130): 116-121. DOI: 10.5604/01.3001.0012.1322

Published in issue no 4 (130) / 2018, pages 116–121.


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