Modification of woolen fabrics through grafting with methacrylic esters

Maria Liouni, Costas Touloupis, Nikos Hadjichristidis*

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Grafting of methyl, n-butyl, n-decyl, and n-octadecyl methacrylate onto reduced woolen fabrics was carried out by using K2S2O8 and K2S2O8-LiBr redox system as initiators. The success of the grafting was proven by scanning electron microscopy, size exclusion chromatography, and infrared spectroscopy. The felting shrinkage and water-repellency tests were applied on the modified fabrics. Dyeing with an α-bromoacrylamido and an aminoxanthene dye was carried out and the color-fastness tests were applied on the modified dyed fabrics. The influence of the grafted polymethacrylates on the shrinkproofing, water-repellency, and dyeing properties of the woolen fabrics was discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2399-2407
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 20 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Color fasteness
  • Grafting
  • Methacrylic esters
  • Shrinkage
  • Water repellency
  • Woolen fabrics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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