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Coatings 2018, 8(1), 35; doi:10.3390/coatings8010035

Surface Coatings of TiO2 Nanoparticles onto the Designed Fabrics for Enhanced Self-Cleaning Properties

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School of Textile and Design, University of Management and Technology, Lahore 54770, Pakistan
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Faculty of Engineering and Technology, National Textile University, Faisalabad 37610, Pakistan
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Received: 2 November 2017 / Revised: 22 December 2017 / Accepted: 29 December 2017 / Published: 15 January 2018
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Herein, the hydrophobic and self-cleaning properties of three different fabric surfaces have been evaluated after applying titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofinishes. The nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel techniques and were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) methods. The ultra-refined particles were applied over three different fabric substrates having similar weave of Z-twill (3/1). The yarns of 100% polyester, blend of viscose with mod-acrylic and high performance polyethylene containing 16 yarn count (Ne) and 31.496 and 15.748 ends/cm and picks/cm, respectively, were used for required fabric preparation. The different fabric structures were applied with self-cleaning finish of TiO2 nanoparticles prepared in our laboratory and the results were compared with commercially available finish Rucoguard AFR. The static contact angles, UV-protection factor, air permeability and hydrophobic activity of nanofinished fabric helped in evaluating their breathability and self-cleaning properties. View Full-Text
Keywords: TiO2 nanoparticles; hydrophobic coatings; self-cleaning; air permeability and UV-protection factor TiO2 nanoparticles; hydrophobic coatings; self-cleaning; air permeability and UV-protection factor
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Abbas, M.; Iftikhar, H.; Malik, M.H.; Nazir, A. Surface Coatings of TiO2 Nanoparticles onto the Designed Fabrics for Enhanced Self-Cleaning Properties. Coatings 2018, 8, 35.

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