Photocatalytic formulations for protein fibers : Experimental analysis of the effect of preparation on compatibility and photocatalytic activities

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-288
Journal / PublicationJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


In this article, we report an optimization study of a photocatalytic self-cleaning sol-gel formulation. In particular we studied the effect of formulation preparation time on the formation of anatase titanium dioxide sol and its compatibility to protein keratin-type wool fibers. The sols were formed by a low temperature sol-gel process. The nucleated anatase was characterized by UV-vis transmission, particle size distribution, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. The compatibility between the formulations and wool fibers is evaluated by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, UV transmission, and mechanical properties. The photocatalytic self-cleaning activity of coated fibers and its reproducibility are also discussed. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Nano-coating, Photocatalysis, Self-cleaning, Titanium dioxide, Wool

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