Synthesis of Functional Nanocapsules and their Application to Cotton Fabric for Thermal Management

Danmei Sun, Kashif Iqbal

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Abstract

Phase change materials (PCMs) are smart materials that can provide comfort to the wearer against extreme weather by absorbing heat in hot environment and releasing stored heat in cold environment. In this research nanocapsules containing mixture of paraffin as phase change materials are synthesized to bring the temperature around 33 °C which is closer to skin comfort temperature have been developed. The nanocapsules were applied on a cotton fabric via a pad-dry-cure process and the resultant fabric was evaluated using DSC and SEM, comparisons made to a microencapsulate PCM treated fabric. Furthermore the synthesized nanocapsules are incorporated into polypropylene monofilament; its properties were compared to monofilament incorporated with microencapsulated PCM. It was found nano scaled PCM capsules are more beneficial to textile applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3525-3543
Number of pages19
JournalCellulose
Volume24
Issue number8
Early online date26 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Melamine formaldehyde
  • nanoencapsulation
  • latent heat
  • PCM
  • thermoregualting

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