Biocidal polyester

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Auburn University, AUO, Alabama, United States
Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Impact Factor: 1.77). 07/2002; 85(1):177 - 182. DOI: 10.1002/app.10588


Polyester fabrics were modified by covalently linking heterocyclic moieties, which could be halogenated, to the surfaces of the polyester fibers. Antimicrobial activity was introduced into the fabrics and fibers by exposure to a source of oxidative chlorine (chlorine bleach) that converted the heterocyclic precursor moieties into N-chloramine functionalities. The antimicrobial activity could be repeatedly regenerated following its loss on challenge with suspensions of bacteria by further washing with aqueous oxidative chlorine. Biocidal polyester fabrics, fibers, and other materials potentially will be effective in reducing, or eliminating entirely, pathogenic microorganisms and odor-causing micro-organisms which directly contact them. © 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 85: 177–182, 2002

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