Coloration of cotton fibers using nano chitosan

Carbohydr Polym. 2015 Dec 10;134:182-9. doi: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2015.07.088. Epub 2015 Jul 31.


A method of coloration of cotton fabrics with nano chitosan is proposed. Nano chitosan were prepared using crab shell chitin nanofibers through alkaline deacetylation process. Average nano fiber diameters of nano chitosan were 18 nm to 35 nm and the lengths were in the range of 0.2-1.3 μm according to the atomic force microscope study. The degree of deacetylation of the material was found to be 97.3%. The prepared nano chitosan dyed using acid blue 25 (2-anthraquinonesulfonic acid) and used as the coloration agent for cotton fibers. Simple wet immersion method was used to color the cotton fabrics by nano chitosan dispersion followed by acid vapor treatment. Scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope study of the treated cotton fiber revealed that the nano chitosan were consistently deposited on the cotton fiber surface and transformed in to a thin polymer layer upon the acid vapor treatment. The color strength of the dyed fabrics could be changed by changing the concentration of dyed nano chitosan dispersion.

Keywords: Coloration; Cotton; Grafting; Nano chitosan; Textile.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brachyura / chemistry
  • Chitin / chemistry
  • Chitosan / chemistry*
  • Coloring Agents / chemistry*
  • Cotton Fiber / methods*
  • Nanofibers / chemistry*
  • Nanofibers / ultrastructure


  • Coloring Agents
  • Chitin
  • Chitosan