Journal of Fashion Technology & Textile EngineeringISSN: 2329-9568

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Short Communication, J Fashion Technol Textile Eng S Vol: 0 Issue: 2

Photocatalytic Efficiency and Antifungal Effects of Cotton Treated with TiO2 Nanoparticles

Iuliana Dumitrescu1*, Ovidiu George Iordache1, Lucian Diamandescu2 and Marcela Popa3
1National Research and Development Institute for Textiles and Leather, Romania
2National Institute of Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, Bucharest-Magurele, 077125, Romania
3University of Bucharest (ICUB), Romania
Corresponding author : Iuliana Dumitrescu
Material-Research Investigation Department/Laboratory, National Research Development Institute for Textile and Leather, 16 Lucretiu Patrascanu Street, Postal code: 030508, Bucharest, Romania
Tel: (004)3404928
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Received: August 10, 2016 Accepted: September 03, 2016 Published: September 08, 2016
Citation: Dumitrescu I, Iordache OG, Diamandescu OL, Popa M (2016) Photocatalytic Efficiency and Antifungal Effects of Cotton Treated with TiO2 Nanoparticles. J Fashion Technol Textile Eng S2:001. doi: 10.4172/2329-9568.S2-001


The aim of this research was to prepare photocatalytic textiles by depositing TiO2/ polyacrylic binder dispersions by the pad dry process and on ultrasound bath. The SEM image reveals that all fabrics, regardless the treatment conditions are coated with particles having different shapes and sizes dependent on the binder and titanium dioxide concentration and treatment method. The photocatalytic efficiency is strongly dependent on type and concentration of dyes, being very fast at low concentration and slow at high concentrations, where blocked TiO2 surface is unable to generate reactive species. The materials show good antimicrobial activity against the Trichophyton interdigitale fungal strain.

Keywords: Cotton; Photocatalytic; TiO2 nanoparticles; Antimicrobial

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