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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

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posted on 2017-08-01, 00:00 authored by F Sun, Frank ChenFrank Chen, L Zhu, Z Du, Xungai WangXungai Wang, Maryam NaebeMaryam Naebe
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.

History

Journal

Coatings

Volume

7

Issue

8

Article number

132

Pagination

1 - 16

Publisher

MDPI AG

Location

Basel, Switzerland

eISSN

2079-6412

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2017, The Authors