© 1999

New Materials Permeable to Water Vapor


  • First book on water vapour permeable materials like leather substitutes, sports textiles or filter materials.

  • Gives the background information and the latest techniques


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Leather and Artifical Leather

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harro Träubel
      Pages 3-10
    3. Harro Träubel
      Pages 11-20
    4. Harro Träubel
      Pages 21-23
    5. Harro Träubel
      Pages 24-25
  3. Ways To Create Water Vapor Permeability by Elimination of Solid or Liquid Products

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Harro Träubel
      Pages 39-39
    3. Harro Träubel
      Pages 46-63
    4. Harro Träubel
      Pages 75-85
  4. Porosity by Other Means

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Harro Träubel
      Pages 107-114
    3. Harro Träubel
      Pages 115-117
    4. Harro Träubel
      Pages 118-119
    5. Harro Träubel
      Pages 120-120
    6. Harro Träubel
      Pages 121-123
    7. Harro Träubel
      Pages 124-128

About this book


Wool, leather or cotton like most natural products are permeable to air and water vapor. The reason for this property is a fibrous structure consisting of chains of hydrophilic constituents such as cellulose or collagene. It is difficult to imitate this natural phenomenon by synthesis. Ways to obtain water vapor permeability by microporosity or a hydrophilic structure are discussed in this book (nearly 2,500 citations). Most commercial products permeable to water vapor and substitutes for natural leather are named. Materials permeable to water vapor offer a wide range of use, the subsitution of leather was only the starting point. Other uses are in the medical sector for implants and dialysis, in industry for filtration or catalytic reactions, or for processes demanding the slow release of substances. Further applications of this interesting chemistry.will surely be developed in the future.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.LeverkusenGermany

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