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Polymer coatings containing nano particles of zinc oxide for the UV protection of dyed polyester fabrics

conference contribution
posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by Lu Sun, John Rippon, Peter Cookson, Xungai Wang, K King, O Koulaeva, R Beltrame
The useful life of many outdoor textile products is limited by degradation caused by exposure to sunlight, in particular by the ultra violet component (below 400 nm). The degradation results in fading of colours and also loss of physical properties, such as tear strength and abrasion resistance. Degradation can be decreased with UV absorbers, often used in conjunction with antioxidants or free radical quenchers. The protection afforded by these organic compounds is, however, limited as they are ultimately destroyed by the UV radiation they absorb.
An alternative approach is to coat fabrics with a polymer containing an inorganic UV absorber, such as zinc oxide. The inherent stability of zinc oxide would be expected to provide a protective effect over a much longer period than can be achieved with an organic UV absorber. A possible disadvantage of zinc oxide when applied in a polymer film is that absorption and scattering of visible light can produce hazy films and, hence, an unacceptable change in fabric appearance.
This poster paper examines the possibility of using nano particles of zinc oxide dispersed in acrylic polymers for protecting dyed polyester fabrics against sunlight fading. Factors affecting both UV absorbance and film clarity will be discussed. The possibility will also be examined that the protective effect may be reduced in some circumstances by reactive oxygen species, generated by the interaction of UV with zinc oxide in the presence of air and water.



Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials Workshop (2007 : Canberra, A.C.T.)


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Australian National University


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2007, Australian National University

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ARNAM 2007 : Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials Annual Workshop : Conference Booklet

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