The role of quaternary ammonium compound and reducing agent in environmentally friendly alkali treatment of PET (cotton fabric)

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The role of quaternary ammonium compound and reducing agent in environmentally friendly alkali treatment of PET (cotton fabric)

Aminoddin Haji
J. Bio. Env. Sci.5( 1), 417-422, July 2014.
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Abstract

An environmentally friendly pad-steam process for treatment of polyester/cotton fabric with sodium hydroxide was developed. To enhance the process efficiency, a quaternary ammonium compound (QAC) besides a reducing agent was used. Using QAC, the rate and amount of weight reduction were increased. The yellowness and loss of strength of the treated samples were reduced using reducing agent. The pad-steam process had the advantage of less treatment time, less consumption of water and chemicals that make the process to be less hazardous to the environment.

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