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Synthesis of novel bifunctional polyolefins and their application as hydrophobic agents for cotton fabrics


[ 1 ] Instytut Fizyki, Wydział Inżynierii Materiałowej i Fizyki Technicznej, Politechnika Poznańska | [ P ] employee

Scientific discipline (Law 2.0)

[2.8] Materials engineering

Year of publication


Published in

Polymer Testing

Journal year: 2023 | Journal volume: vol. 126

Article type

scientific article

Publication language


  • Hydrosilylation
  • Post-polymerization
  • Surface functionalization
  • Hydrophobicity
  • Cotton textile

EN Surface functionalization of cotton fabric was carried out using novel bifunctional polyolefins containing various pendant groups. The hydrophobization of the aforementioned natural material was successfully achieved and the durability of the coatings was proven by SEM-EDS and FT-IR techniques. Water contact angle (WCA) measurements revealed the effect of the functional group type on the properties of the treated surface. The presence of fluoroaryl groups in the polymer chain ensured the highest WCA value. The effect of the type of side groups (aryl vs alkyl, fluorinated vs halogen-free) in the polymer chain on the surface properties was also demonstrated. The modifiers applied did not affect the thermal stability of the treated cotton fabric compared to reference sample. Moreover, the flame-retardant properties of the polyolefin-coated cotton samples were also verified and discussed. This is the first report describing the application of organofunctionalized bifunctional polyolefins as surface modifiers for cotton fabrics.

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Pages (from - to)

108144-1 - 108144-8





Article Number: 108144

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CC BY (attribution alone)

Open Access Mode

open journal

Open Access Text Version

final published version

Date of Open Access to the publication

in press

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5,1 [List 2022]

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