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Eco-Friendly Cotton/Linen Fabric Treatment Using Aqueous Ozone and Ultraviolet Photolysis

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Kawasaki Technical Support Department, Local Independent Administrative Agency Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (KISTEC), Kanagawa 213-0012, Japan
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Photocatalysis International Research Center, Tokyo University of Science, 2641 Yamazaki, Noda, Chiba 278-8510, Japan
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Department of Bioengineering, Nagaoka University of Technology, Niigata 940-2188, Japan
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Business Strategy Department, Nisshinbo Textile Inc., Tokyo 103-8650, Japan
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Catalysts 2020, 10(11), 1265; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal10111265
Received: 30 September 2020 / Revised: 27 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 2 November 2020
Chemicals for the scouring and bleaching of fabrics have a high environmental load. In addition, in recent years, the high consumption of these products has become a problem in the manufacture of natural fabric products. Therefore, environmentally friendly, low-waste processes for fabric treatment are required. In this paper, we discuss the bleaching of fabrics using advanced oxidation processes (AOP). These processes use electrochemically generated aqueous ozone and ultraviolet (UV) irradiation to achieve bleaching. However, colour reversion often occurs. In this study, we suppressed unwanted colour reversion by treatment with rongalite. After treatment, changes in fabric colour were determined by measuring the colour difference and reflectance spectra. The best bleaching effect was obtained when ozone and UV irradiation treatments were combined, achieving results similar to those of a conventional bleaching method after 60 min of UV irradiation. In addition, the AOP treatment resulted in the simultaneous scouring of the fabric, as shown by the increased hydrophilicity of the fabric after AOP treatment. Thus, this AOP process represents a new fabric bleaching process that has an extremely low environmental impact.
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Keywords: advanced oxidation processes; ozone; ultraviolet; bleaching; fabrics advanced oxidation processes; ozone; ultraviolet; bleaching; fabrics
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Hamada, K.; Ochiai, T.; Tsuchida, Y.; Miyano, K.; Ishikawa, Y.; Nagura, T.; Kimura, N. Eco-Friendly Cotton/Linen Fabric Treatment Using Aqueous Ozone and Ultraviolet Photolysis. Catalysts 2020, 10, 1265.

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Hamada K, Ochiai T, Tsuchida Y, Miyano K, Ishikawa Y, Nagura T, Kimura N. Eco-Friendly Cotton/Linen Fabric Treatment Using Aqueous Ozone and Ultraviolet Photolysis. Catalysts. 2020; 10(11):1265.

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Hamada, Kengo; Ochiai, Tsuyoshi; Tsuchida, Yasuyuki; Miyano, Kyohei; Ishikawa, Yosuke; Nagura, Toshinari; Kimura, Noritaka. 2020. "Eco-Friendly Cotton/Linen Fabric Treatment Using Aqueous Ozone and Ultraviolet Photolysis" Catalysts 10, no. 11: 1265.

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