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Title: A novel strategy for fabricating robust superhydrophobic fabrics by environmentally-friendly enzyme etching
Authors: Cheng, Yan
Zhu, Tianxue
Li, Shuhui
Huang, Jianying
Mao, Jiajun
Yang, Hui
Gao, Shouwei
Chen, Zhong
Lai, Yuekun
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Cheng, Y., Zhu, T., Li, S., Huang, J., Mao, J., Yang, H., . . . Lai, Y. (2019). A novel strategy for fabricating robust superhydrophobic fabrics by environmentally-friendly enzyme etching. Chemical Engineering Journal, 355, 290-298. doi:10.1016/j.cej.2018.08.113
Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal 
Abstract: Superhydrophobic silk fabrics were prepared using an environmentally friendly enzyme-etching approach, followed by the modification with methyltrichlorosilane (MTCS) via a simple thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process at 70 °C. The effects of the concentration, treatment time and temperature of enzyme on the etched surface properties were discussed. The composite superhydrophobic silk fabrics demonstrated excellent self-cleaning ability, relatively unscathed effecting their intrinsic properties such as the luster, softness, color and style of the fabrics. Furthermore, these treated fabrics demonstrated excellent mechanical durability after silane-treatment as evidenced by the cyclic abrasion and laundering tests. The composite superhydrophobic cotton fabrics have also demonstrated a high efficiency in oil-water separation. The facile technology via enzymatic hydrolysis to etch the substrate possesses extensive potential applications on various other cellulose-based substrates.
ISSN: 1385-8947
DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.08.113
Schools: School of Materials Science & Engineering 
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Chemical Engineering Journal and is made available with permission of Elsevier B.V.
Fulltext Permission: open
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