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Preparation of Keratin-Modified Chitosan Fibres

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In this study, a method of preparing fibres of chitosan modified with keratin derived from chicken feathers is presented. Fibre-grade chitosan and an aqueous solution of purified keratin were used in the investigations. The aqueous solution of keratin was added to a 3% solution of chitosan in acetic acid. Properties of the spinning solutions obtained were tested, followed by spinning trials. The fibres of keratin-modified chitosan obtained showed the following properties: tenacity – 13.5 cN/tex, elongation – 33%, wetting angle – 33° and, in comparison to pure chitosan fibres, were less prone to biodegradation under the action of lysozyme enzyme.

Tags: chitosan, keratin, chitosan fibres, fibre properties

Citation: Wawro D., Stęplewski W., Wrześniewska-Tosik K.; Preparation of Keratin-Modified Chitosan Fibres. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2009, Vol. 17, No. 4 (75) pp. 37-42.

Published in issue no 4 (75) / 2009, pages 37–42.

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