ITAA-KSCT Joint Symposium

Ecofriendly and Colorful Superhydrophobic Fabric Fabricated by Disperse Dyeing Process

  • Ji-Hyun Oh (Seoul National University)
  • Chung Hee Park (Seoul National University)


Lotus leaves, one of the most famous water-repellent plants, can repel water droplets on the surface and keep dry since the surfaces consist of hierarchical structures and wax materials. Therefore, numerous studies have been conducted to mimic the surface of lotus leaves and succeeded to fabricate superhydrophobic surfaces. However, until now only by focusing on industrial materials and with little consideration of clothing materials, superhydrophobicity treatments have been developed, which leads to numerous problems such as surface color change(Sasmal, A. K. et al., 2014), decrease of breathability(Wang, L. et al.,2014) and handle and safety of substances(Kim et al., 2007). In addition, the developed white superhydrophobic textiles(Park, S. et al., 2016) have limitation to be used as fashion textiles. Therefore, superhydrophobic technologies considering aesthetic aspects as well as superhydrophobicity and human-friendliness are necessary. Thus, in this study, we fabricated the colorful fluorine-free superhydrophobic polyester fabric via disperse dyeing process without additional energy-consuming process. Therefore, we successfully made the colorful fluorine-free superhydrophobic polyester fabric through the dyeing process with disperse dyes. The fact that, without any additional process, the colorful and fluorine-free superhydrophobic polyester can be fabricated by modifying the conventional dyeing process is of great importance. Additionally, technologies that take not only superhydrophobicity into account, but also aesthetic aspects and human-friendliness have very important academic and industrial significance. Therefore, the developed ecofriendly, colorful, and fluorine-free superhydrophobic polyester fabric has the potential for commercial production and could be extensively applied in indoor or outdoor clothing and many other fields.

How to Cite:

Oh, J. & Park, C., (2018) “Ecofriendly and Colorful Superhydrophobic Fabric Fabricated by Disperse Dyeing Process”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 75(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2018
Peer Reviewed