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What happens during natural protein fibre dissolution in ionic liquids

Chen, Jingyu, Vongsanga, Kylie, Wang, Xungai and Byrne, Nolene 2014, What happens during natural protein fibre dissolution in ionic liquids, Materials, vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 6158-6168, doi: 10.3390/ma7096158.

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Title What happens during natural protein fibre dissolution in ionic liquids
Author(s) Chen, Jingyu
Vongsanga, Kylie
Wang, Xungai
Byrne, Nolene
Journal name Materials
Volume number 7
Issue number 9
Start page 6158
End page 6168
Total pages 11
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2014-08-28
ISSN 1996-1944
Keyword(s) Dissolution
Disulphide bond
Hydrogen bond
ionic liquid (IL)
Protein
Science & Technology
Technology
Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
Materials Science
KERATIN FIBERS
SILK FIBROIN
WOOL KERATIN
RAMAN-SPECTROSCOPY
REGENERATION
CELLULOSE
SOLVENTS
FILMS
Summary Here, we monitor the dissolution of several natural protein fibres such as wool, human hair and silk, in various ionic liquids (ILs). The dissolution of protein-based materials using ILs is an emerging area exploring the production of new materials from waste products. Wool is a keratin fibre, which is extensively used in the textiles industry and as a result has considerable amounts of waste produced each year. Wool, along with human hair, has a unique morphology whereby the outer layer, the cuticle, is heavily cross linked with disulphide bonds, whereas silk does not have this outer layer. Here we show how ILs dissolve natural protein fibres and how the mechanism of dissolution is directly related to the structure and morphology of the wool fibre.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ma7096158
Field of Research 091205 Functional Materials
Socio Economic Objective 830505 Raw Wool
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2014, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067820

Document type: Journal Article
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