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Fibers 2013, 1(3), 47-58; doi:10.3390/fib1030047
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Mechanical Reinforcement of Wool Fiber through Polyelectrolyte Complexation with Chitosan and Gellan Gum

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Received: 13 August 2013; in revised form: 17 September 2013 / Accepted: 14 October 2013 / Published: 18 October 2013
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Abstract: The formation of polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) wool fibers formed by dipping chitosan or gellan gum-treated wool fibers into biopolymer solutions of opposite charge is reported. Treating wool fibers with chitosan (CH) and gellan gum (GG) solutions containing food dyes resulted in improved mechanical characteristics compared to wool fibers. In contrast, pH modification of the solutions resulted in the opposite effect. The mechanical characteristics of PEC-treated fibers were affected by the order of addition, i.e., dipping GG-treated fibers into chitosan resulted in mechanical reinforcement, whereas the reverse-order process did not.
Keywords: mechanical properties; polyelectrolyte complex; chitosan; gellan gum; wool mechanical properties; polyelectrolyte complex; chitosan; gellan gum; wool
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Amin, K.A.M.; in het Panhuis, M. Mechanical Reinforcement of Wool Fiber through Polyelectrolyte Complexation with Chitosan and Gellan Gum. Fibers 2013, 1, 47-58.

AMA Style

Amin KAM, in het Panhuis M. Mechanical Reinforcement of Wool Fiber through Polyelectrolyte Complexation with Chitosan and Gellan Gum. Fibers. 2013; 1(3):47-58.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Amin, Khairul A.M.; in het Panhuis, Marc. 2013. "Mechanical Reinforcement of Wool Fiber through Polyelectrolyte Complexation with Chitosan and Gellan Gum." Fibers 1, no. 3: 47-58.

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