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Title: Covalent Attachment of PEO and PPO Polymers on Cotton Fabrics

item Prevost, Nicolette
item Sachinvala, Navzer
item Lambert, Alexander
item Peters, Julie

Submitted to: American Chemical Society National Meeting
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/15/2004
Publication Date: 3/29/2004
Citation: Prevost, N.T., Sachinvala, N.D., Lambert, A.A., Peters, J.G. 2004. Covalent Attachment of PEO and PPO Polymers on Cotton Fabrics [abstract]. American Chemical Society National Meeting. 227(Part 1):U302.

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Technical Abstract: Despite low add on (1 to 3%), poly (ethylene oxide), PEO and poly(propylene oxide), PPO dibromides were recently shown to raise the tensile and tear strengths of mercerized print cloth by 12 and 36 %, respectively [Prevost et al., Polymer Preprint, 2003, 44, (2), 888-889]. This is entirely unlike the behavior of small crosslinking agents that lower tensile and tear strengths when covalently bonded to cotton fabrics. In this paper we will discuss new formulations that improve polymer add on of the dibromo polymers. In addition, we will compare the tensile and tear behaviors of fabrics when treated with the dibromo polymers and terminal diepoxy-methallyl ethers of PEO and PPO.