Multifunctionality of poly(vinyl alcohol) nanofiber webs containing titanium dioxide

Kyung Lee, Seungsin Lee

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Abstract

We prepared titanium dioxide/PVA nanocomposite fiber webs for application in multifunctional textiles by electrospinning. The morphological properties of the TiO 2/PVA nanocomposite fibers were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Layered fabric systems with electrospun TiO 2 nanocomposite fiber webs were developed using various concentrations of TiO 2 and a range of web area densities, and then the UV-protective properties, antibacterial functions, formaldehyde decomposition ability, and ammonia deodorization efficiency of the fabric systems were assessed. Layered fabric systems with TiO 2 nanocomposite fiber webs containing 2 wt% TiO 2 nanoparticles at 3.0 g m -2 web area density exhibited an ultraviolet protection factor of greater than 50, indicating excellent UV protection. The same system showed a 99.3% reduction in Staphylococcus aureus. Layered fabric systems with TiO 2 nanocomposite fiber webs containing 3 wt % TiO 2 nanoparticles at 3.0 g m -2 web area density exhibited a 85.3% reduction in Klebsiella pneumoniae. Titanium dioxide nanocomposite fiber webs containing 3 wt % TiO 2 nanoparticles at 3.0 g m -2 web area density exhibited a formaldehyde decomposition efficiency of 40% after 2 h, 60% after 4 h, and 80% after 15 h under UV irradiation. The same system showed an ammonia deodorization efficiency of 32.2% under UV irradiation for 2 h. These results demonstrate that TiO 2 nanocomposite fibers can be used to produce advanced textile materials with multifunctional properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4038-4046
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume124
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun 5

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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