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Title: Electrospun dual-layer mats with covalently bonded ZnO nanoparticles for moisture wicking and antibacterial textiles
Authors: Dong, Yuliang
Thomas, Noreen L.
Lu, Xuehong
Keywords: Electrospinning
Moisture transport
Zinc oxide
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: DONG, Y., THOMAS, N.L. and LU, X., 2017. Electrospun dual-layer mats with covalently bonded ZnO nanoparticles for moisture wicking and antibacterial textiles. Materials and Design, 134, pp. 54-63.
Abstract: The fast growing demand for advanced sportswear suitable for tropical countries has led to research on fabrics with both moisture wicking and anti-bacterial properties. In this work, to improve the water transport behaviour, dual-layer nanofibrous nonwoven mats composed of a hydrophilic polyacrylonitrile (PAN) outer layer and a hydrophobic poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) inner layer are fabricated by electrospinning. The distinct difference in surface hydrophobicity between the inner and outer layers induces a push-pull effect to transport water from the inner to the outer surface efficiently. To render an antibacterial property, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles are covalently attached to the PVDF nanofibers. The good anti-wash properties and anti-bacterial function of the ZnO-PDVF/PAN dual layer mats are demonstrated.
Description: This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Materials and Design and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2017.08.033
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.08.033
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/26433
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.matdes.2017.08.033
ISSN: 0264-1275
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