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Directional trans-planar and different in-plane water transfer properties of composite structured bifacial fabrics modified by a facile three-step plasma treatment

Sun, Fengxin, Chen, Zhiqiang, Zhu, Licheng, Du, Zhaoqun, Wang, Xungai and Naebe, Maryam 2017, Directional trans-planar and different in-plane water transfer properties of composite structured bifacial fabrics modified by a facile three-step plasma treatment, Coatings, vol. 7, no. 8, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.3390/coatings7080132.

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Title Directional trans-planar and different in-plane water transfer properties of composite structured bifacial fabrics modified by a facile three-step plasma treatment
Author(s) Sun, Fengxin
Chen, ZhiqiangORCID iD for Chen, Zhiqiang orcid.org/0000-0002-1347-418X
Zhu, Licheng
Du, Zhaoqun
Wang, Xungai
Naebe, MaryamORCID iD for Naebe, Maryam orcid.org/0000-0002-5266-9246
Journal name Coatings
Volume number 7
Issue number 8
Article ID 132
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2017-08
ISSN 2079-6412
Keyword(s) directional water transport
bifacial fabrics
three-step plasma treatment
composite structure
moisture management
Science & Technology
Technology
Materials Science, Coatings & Films
Materials Science
LOW-TEMPERATURE PLASMA
SUPERHYDROPHOBIC SURFACES
MOISTURE TRANSFER
ACRYLIC-ACID
TREATED WOOL
POLYMERIZATION
MEMBRANES
FIBERS
HEXAMETHYLDISILOXANE
NANOPARTICLES
Summary Fabrics with moisture management properties are strongly expected to benefit various potential applications in daily life, industry, medical treatment and protection. Here, a bifacial fabric with dual trans-planar and in-plane liquid moisture management properties was reported. This novel fabric was fabricated to have a knitted structure on one face and a woven structure on the other, contributing to the different in-plane water transfer properties of the fabric. A facile three-step plasma treatment was used to enrich the bifacial fabric with asymmetric wettability and liquid absorbency. The plasma treated bifacial fabric allowed forced water to transfer from the hydrophobic face to hydrophilic face, while it prevented water to spread through the hydrophobic face when water drops were placed on the hydrophilic face. This confirmed one-way water transport capacity of the bifacial fabric. Through the three-step plasma treatment, the fabric surface was coated with a Si-containing thin film. This film contributed to the hydrophobic property, while the physical properties of the fabrics such as stiffness and color were not affected. This novel fabric can potentially be used to design and manufacture functional and smart textiles with tunable moisture transport properties.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/coatings7080132
Field of Research 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30102469

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