New polymeric materials for paper and textiles conservation. II. Grafting polymerization of ethyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate copolymers onto linen and cotton

Elisabetta Princi, Silvia Vicini, Enrico Pedemonte, Valeria Arrighi, Iain J. McEwen

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Abstract

In the preservation of Cultural Heritage items, the use of polymeric materials for the consolidation and protection of artifacts with historical and artistic value is widely accepted, except for cellulose-based materials, since here there are no suitable products and appropriate application techniques. Grafting polymerization of acrylic monomers onto cellulose chains represents an innovative method of restoration for both artificially and naturally aged textiles. In this article, some results concerning the grafting polymerization of ethyl acryla te/ethyl methacrylate 75/25 and ethyl acrylate/methyl methacrylate/tri fluoroethyl methacrylate 73/24.5/2.5 polymers onto linen and cotton are reported. The effectiveness of grafting polymerization as a method for textiles conservation is discussed. The consolidating and protective effects were investigated by evaluating the mechanical properties and the wetting behavior of the grafted samples, and comparing them with the original and aged substrates. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-99
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume103
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Acrylics
  • Cotton
  • ESEM
  • Grafting polymerization
  • Linen

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