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Colored, photocatalytic, antimicrobial and UV-protected viscose fibers decorated with Ag/Ag2CO3 and Ag/Ag3PO4 nanoparticles

  • Mohamed RehanEmail author
  • Ahmed Barhoum
  • Tawfik A. Khattab
  • Linda Gätjen
  • Ralph Wilken
Original Research


Surface modification of textile fibers with nanoparticles (NPs) has been widely investigated for multiple different uses. Herein, a simple and highly efficient technique was developed to impart multifunctional properties to viscose rayon fibers by in situ adding Ag/Ag2CO3 and Ag/Ag3PO4 NPs. Firstly, Ag2CO3 and Ag3PO4 NPs were precipitated via ultrasonic irradiation synthesis. Subsequently, Ag NPs were synthesized in situ by photoreduction of the excess Ag+ ions under UV-irradiation. The viscose rayon fibers decorated with Ag/Ag2CO3 and Ag/Ag3PO4 NPs showed excellent photocatalytic activity, and were protective against pathogenic microorganisms and UV radiation. Additionally, the modified viscose rayon fibers exhibited different colors ranging from pale yellow for Ag/Ag2CO3/viscose fibers to pale purple/violet for Ag/Ag3PO4/viscose fibers.

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In-situ synthesis Ultrasonic irradiation synthesis Ultraviolet irradiation synthesis Ag/Ag2CO3 and Ag/Ag3PO4 nanoparticles Multifunctional viscose fibers Antimicrobial activity UV protection Photocatalytic activity 



Very special thanks are recorded to the Egyptian Missions Department for giving Mohamed Rehan the opportunity and financial support to pursue a post-doctoral in Germany. Further financial support by the Fraunhofer Society in Germany is thankfully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Textile Industries Research DivisionNational Research CentreGizaEgypt
  2. 2.Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM)BremenGermany
  3. 3.Chemistry Departments, Faculty of ScienceHelwan University (HU)Helwan, CairoEgypt

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